Rennocks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Rennocks come from when the family resided in the region of Renwick beside the Eden river in Cumberland. Rennocks 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 Rennocks family

The surname Rennocks 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 Rennocks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rennocks research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1662 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Rennocks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rennocks Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Rennocks has been recorded under many different variations, including Renwick, Rennick and others.

Early Notables of the Rennocks family (pre 1700)

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...
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rennocks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Rennocks family to Ireland

Some of the Rennocks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rennocks migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rennocks or a variant listed above:

Rennocks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Rennocks, aged 21, originally England, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool, England [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rennocks (post 1700) +

  • Adam Paul Rennocks (b. 1982), English cricketer for the Leicestershire Cricket Board (2001-2002)
  • John Rennocks, British Chairman of Utilico Emerging Markets, a British investment company




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