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The name Renou is of patronymic origin, that is, it is derived from the personal name of the father of the initial bearer. Renou comes from the old Germanic name "Raginwulf," which is composed of two elements, "ragin," meaning "council" and "wulf," meaning "wolf."

Renou Early Origins



The surname Renou was first found in Calvados and Cotentin, France, before bearers of the name crossed the English Channel in the wake of the Norman invasion. One source lists a Ranulph, Viscount of Bessin, who had a large fief in Guernsey.

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Renou Spelling Variations


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Renou Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Renoul, Renou, Renoult, Renout, Renoux, Renouleau, Renoux, Renouard and many more.

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Renou Early History


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Renou Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Renou research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1766, 1772, 1808, 1811, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Renou History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Renou Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Renou Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Renou Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Renou In Ireland


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Renou In Ireland



Some of the Renou family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Renou or a variant listed above:

Renou Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacques Renou, aged 54, who settled in America, in 1892

Renou Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louis Renou, aged 20, who landed in America from Brest, France, in 1918
  • Rene Renou, aged 46, who emigrated to America, in 1920
  • Joseph Renou, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Tours, France, in 1920
  • Amalia Renou, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1921

Renou Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Renou, who landed in Montreal in 1659

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Contemporary Notables of the name Renou (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Renou (post 1700)



  • Louis Renou (1896-1966), French Indologist
  • René Renou (1952-2006), French president of the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine, founder of René Renou winery

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    The Renou Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Renou 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 15 August 2012 at 08:59.

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