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Where did the German Reno family come from? What is the German Reno family crest and coat of arms? When did the Reno family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Reno family history?

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.


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

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reno research. Another 533 words(38 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.


Another 181 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reno Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • Isaac Reno, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Isaac Reno, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1751
  • Francis Reno, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Peter Reno, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752

Reno Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Reno, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Reno Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Giacomo Reno, who landed in Arkansas in 1900
  • Jack Reno, who landed in Arkansas in 1900


  • 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
  • Janet Wood Reno (b. 1938), former Attorney General of the United States (1993-2001)
  • Jean Reno (b. 1948), French actor
  • Mike Reno (b. 1955), born Joseph Michael Rynoski, Canadian musician, drummer, and lead singer of the rock band Loverboy



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  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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The Reno Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reno 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 12 March 2015 at 08:39.

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