Reno History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Reno is a local name, derived from the Rhine River. The Rhine starts in Basel, Switzerland, and bends north through the German countryside until it reaches the North Sea, passing through the cities of Freiburg, Frankfurt, Bonn, and Cologne. Local names are based upon the place where the original bearer lived or held land.

Early Origins of the Reno family

The surname Reno was first found in Switzerland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Early History of the Reno family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reno research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1281, 1805, 1795, 1290, 1436, 1451, 1802, 1809, 1408, 1502, 1780, 1802, 1643 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Reno History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Reno Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rhine, Rheina, Rhyne, Rhyn, Rheine, Rein, Ryne, Rine, Reno and many more.

Early Notables of the Reno family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time with the surname Reno were Amadeus Rhein, who was the Grand Prior of the Johannite Order of Knights in 1408. Caspar Rhein was the Bishop of Basel until 1502. Both these men were of the Rhein von und zu Rhein family. Also of this eminent line...
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Reno Ranking

In the United States, the name Reno is the 3,892nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]


United States Reno migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reno Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Claude Reno, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
  • Isaac Reno, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Isaac Reno, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1751
  • Francis Reno, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
  • Peter Reno, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
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Reno Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Reno, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
Reno Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Giacomo Reno, who landed in Arkansas in 1900 [2]
  • Jack Reno, who landed in Arkansas in 1900 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Reno (post 1700) +

  • Claude Trexler Reno (b. 1882), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1911-12, Pennsylvania State Attorney General, 1939; Appointed 1939; Superior Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1942-43 [3]
  • Janet Wood Reno (1938-2016), American Democratic Party politician, Dade County State's Attorney (1978-1993), first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General (1993-2001)
  • Jesse Wilford Reno (1861-1947), American inventor of the first working escalator in 1891
  • Lieutenant Commander Walter Elsworth Reno (1881-1917), United States Navy officer, eponym of the USS Reno (DD-303) and the USS Reno (CL-96)
  • Don Wesley Reno (1927-1984), American bluegrass and country musician
  • Jesse Lee Reno (1823-1862), Union General during the American Civil War
  • Ottie W. Reno, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972, 1996 [3]
  • Lawson Reno, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1924 [3]
  • Earl C. Reno, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1932; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1934 [3]
  • Ann Reno, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996 [3]
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  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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