Renfry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Renfry family

The surname Renfry was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1086 when the name appeared in the Domesday Book as having estates in that shire.

Early History of the Renfry family

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Renfry Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Renfry were recorded, including Remfry, Remfrey, Remphree, Remphry, Remphrey, Remfree, Remfrie, Renfry, Renfree and many more.

Early Notables of the Renfry family (pre 1700)

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Australia Renfry migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Renfry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Renfry, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena" [1]
  • Samuel Renfry, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse" [2]
  • Samuel Renfry, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • John Renfry, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"


  1. ^ South Australian Register Friday 26th August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Magdalena 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/magdalena1853.shtml
  2. ^ South Australian Register Monday 21st August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Prowse 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamprowse1854.shtml


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