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The ancestors of the name Rensch date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Rensch family lived at the village of Ravenshaw, in Warwickshire. Rensch is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English words used to refer to those individuals who lived near the raven wood, indicating that the original bearers lived near a forest that was occupied by many ravens.

Rensch Early Origins



The surname Rensch was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. The first on record was Stephen de Ravenshagh, listed in the Subisdy Rolls of Lancashire in 1332.

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Rensch Spelling Variations


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Rensch Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Rensch are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Rensch include: Renshaw, Ravenshaw, Renshall, Olerenshaw and many more.

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Rensch Early History


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Rensch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rensch research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rensch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rensch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rensch Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rensch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Rensch or a variant listed above:

Rensch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Magdalena Rensch, who arrived in Texas in 1854
  • Wilhe Rensch, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1892
  • E. Rensch, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Jakob Rensch, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Wischeiscy, in 1899

Rensch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ben Rensch, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Antan Rensch, aged 63, who landed in America, in 1907
  • John Rensch, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Christian Rensch, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Edith Rensch, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rensch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rensch (post 1700)



  • William A. Rensch, American politician, Mayor of Chillicothe, Missouri, 1933-35
  • René Rensch (b. 1969), German Olympic rowing cox silver medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games
  • Bernhard Rensch (1900-1990), German evolutionary biologist, and ornithologist, creator of Rensch's rule

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    Other References

    1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rensch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rensch 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 21 January 2016 at 14:22.

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