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."
Early Origins of the Renou family
Norman invasion. One source lists a Ranulph, Viscount of Bessin, who had a large fief in Guernsey.
Early History of the Renou family
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Renou Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Renou family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Renou family to Ireland
Some of the Renou family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Renou family to the New World and Oceana
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
Renou Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Renou Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Renou (post 1700)
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