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The name Rennison has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the region of Renwick beside the Eden river in Cumberland. Rennison 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.

Rennison Early Origins



The surname Rennison 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.

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Rennison Spelling Variations


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Rennison Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Rennison have been found, including Renwick, Rennick and others.

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Rennison Early History


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Rennison Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rennison research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1662 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Rennison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rennison Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rennison Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rennison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rennison In Ireland


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Rennison In Ireland



Some of the Rennison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rennison Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Rennison, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1817

Rennison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Rennison, aged 38, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • Henry Rennison arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rennison (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rennison (post 1700)



  • Louise Rennison (1951-2016), English author and comedian, best known for her work on Angus, Thongs, Full-Frontal Snogging and Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
  • Air Vice-Marshal David Ralph Grey Rennison CB, former senior Royal Air Force officer, Air Member for Logistics (20062007)
  • Richard Rennison (1889-1969), the last English-born "anvil priest" who regularly performed about 300 marriages a year from 1926-1935 at the Old Blacksmith Shop, Gretna Green, Scotland
  • Colleen Rennison (b. 1987), Canadian singer/songwriter and actress from Vancouver, British Columbia

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    The Rennison Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rennison Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 July 2016 at 08:50.

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