Renouf History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Renouf is of patronymic origin, that is, it is derived from the personal name of the father of the initial bearer. Renouf comes from the old Germanic name "Raginwulf," which is composed of two elements, "ragin," meaning "council" and "wulf," meaning "wolf."
Early Origins of the Renouf family
The surname Renouf 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.
Early History of the Renouf family
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Renouf Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Renouf family name include Renoul, Renou, Renoult, Renout, Renoux, Renouleau, Renoux, Renouard and many more.
Early Notables of the Renouf family (pre 1700)
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In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Renouf is the 668th most popular surname with an estimated 66 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Renouf is ranked the 2,678th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. 
Migration of the Renouf family to Ireland
Some of the Renouf family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Renouf migration to the United States +
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Renouf family to immigrate North America:
Renouf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Edward Renouf, who arrived in Boston in 1715
Renouf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nicholas Renouf, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Philadelphia 1834
- Nicholas Renouf, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 
Renouf Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mr. and Mrs. Peter Henry Renouf of Guernsey were second class passengers aboard the Titanic, headed for Elizabeth, New Jersey. Peter did not survive, but his wife Lilliam Renouf was rescued
Renouf migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Renouf Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Peter Renouf, who settled in Nova Scotia some time between the years 1770-1799
Renouf migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Renouf Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Louisa Renouf, aged 22, a cook, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
- J. Renouf, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
- Miss Louisa Renouf, British settler travelling from London, UK with 1 child aboard the ship "Assaye" arriving in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1874 
Contemporary Notables of the name Renouf (post 1700) +
- Thomas Renouf, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Jersey, 1862-66, 1884 
- E. B. Renouf (b. 1864), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Jersey, 1892-1911 
- Lady Susan Renouf (1942-2016), born Susan Rossiter, Australian socialite who acquired her title through her third marriage to New Zealand businessman Sir Frank Renouf
- Lady Susan Renouf (b. 1940), Australian socialite, second wife of Frank Renouf
- Steve Renouf (b. 1970), Australian rugby league footballer
- Sir Peter le Page Renouf (1822-1897), British Egyptologist
- Lady Michèle Renouf (b. 1946), Australian-born advertising actress, third wife of Frank Renouf
- Sir Francis Henry "Frank" Renouf (1918-1998), New Zealand tycoon and financier
- George Renouf (1878-1961), Jersey Island-born, Canadian politician in Manitoba
- Brent Renouf (b. 1988), Australian rules footballer
- ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Historic Events for the Renouf family +
- Mr. Peter Henry Renouf (d. 1912), aged 33, American Second Class passenger from Elizabeth, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking 
- Mrs. Lillian "Lily" Renouf, (née Jefferys), aged 30, American Second Class passenger from Elizabeth, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12 
Related Stories +
- ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
- ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
- ^ 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)
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html