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Renfro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Renfro surname is of local origin, derived from the town so called in Renfrewshire.

Early Origins of the Renfro family


The surname Renfro was first found in county of Edenburk, where they held a family seat. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north and the borders became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land. Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. The name was first recorded in Scotland in 1296 when Adam DeReynfru of the county of Edenburk rendered homage to King Edward 1st of England in 1296 during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland.

Early History of the Renfro family


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Renfro Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Renfrew, Renfrye, Reynfrew, Rainfrew, Renfro, Renfroe and many more.

Early Notables of the Renfro family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Renfro family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Renfro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John C. Renfro, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1895

Renfro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ferry Renfro, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Jerry Renfro, aged 44, who settled in America, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Renfro (post 1700)


  • Marli Renfro (b. 1938), American former showgirl, model and actress; she played the uncredited body double for Janet Leigh in the shower scene of the 1960 film Psycho
  • Maggie Mae Thornton Renfro (1895-2010), American supercentenarian who at 114 was the third oldest person in the United States at the time of her death
  • Leonard Renfro (b. 1970), former professional American football defensive tackle who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1993 to 1994
  • Julia Renfro, American editor-in-chief of the English-language Aruba Today News Magazine
  • Elza Tillman Renfro (1902-1935), American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach
  • Alfred T. Renfro (1877-1964), American artist, editorial cartoonist, photographer and architect, co-founder of the Beaux Arts Village
  • Raymond "Ray" Renfro (1929-1997), American professional NFL football player who played for the Cleveland Browns (1952-1963)
  • Melvin Lacy "Mel" Renfro (b. 1941), American former NFL football defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys (1964-1977)
  • Brad Barron Renfro (1982-2008), American multiple award winning actor, known for Ghost World (2001), Apt Pupil (1998) and Bully (2001); he died from a heroin overdose
  • Will Ellis Renfro (1932-2010), American NFL football offensive end
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Renfro


  • William Renfro, 1734-1830 by Josie Baird.

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