Show ContentsRenick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Renick family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Renick comes from when the family lived in the region of Renwick beside the Eden river in Cumberland. Renick is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Renick family

The surname Renick was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Renick family

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Renick Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Renick has appeared include Renwick, Rennick and others.

Early Notables of the Renick family

Distinguished members of the family include James Renwick (1662-1688), a Scottish minister, the last of the Covenanter martyrs, sentenced to die by hanging. He was the youngest child of Andrew Renwick (d. 1 Feb. 1676), a weaver, born near the village of Moniaive in the parish of Glencairn, Dumfriesshire. Several previous children had died in infancy; James received the careful training of an only child. Renwick refused to join the insurrection of 1685 under Archibald Campbell, ninth earl of Argyll. On 18 Oct., 1687, a...
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Renick Ranking

In the United States, the name Renick is the 15,067th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Renick family to Ireland

Some of the Renick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Renick migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Renick arrived in North America very early:

Renick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Renick, who settled in Philadelphia in 1804
  • Samuel Renick, aged 28, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Renick (post 1700) +

  • James Carmichael Renick (1948-2021), American academic, 4th Chancellor of University of Michigan–Dearborn and 9th Chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Richard Renick, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Secretary of State of Florida, 1978 [3]
  • Myron R. Renick, American Republican politician, Vice-chair of West Virginia Republican Party, 1949-51 ; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 3rd District, 1954 [3]
  • Jonathan Renick, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1860 [3]
  • James Renick Shepherd, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1966 [4]

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