Rensch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Rensch family

The surname Rensch was first found in Lancashire where the first on record was Stephen de Ravenshagh, listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire in 1332. [1] However, another source claims the family were from Ravenshaw, "some small but, I fear, lost spot in East Cheshire." [2]

We are somewhat cautious about the last author's claim as the first record of the family in Cheshire was relatively late: Sir Ralphe Raynshae, vicar of Potte in 1548, more that two hundred years after the aforementioned first listing in 1332. But from the 1548 listing, there are numerous listings in East Cheshire in the 16th and 17th centuries including those found in the Wills at Chester: John Ravenshaw, of Walkerton in 1673; John Rainshaw, of Sale, 1647; John Renshaw, yeoman, of Mobberley, 1661; John Renshall, of Sale, 1679; Ralph Renshall, of Mobberley, 1680; and Richard Renshaw, of Sale, 1680. [2]

Early History of the Rensch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rensch research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rensch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Rensch family (pre 1700)

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United States Rensch migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 [3]
  • 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Edith Rensch, aged 3, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rensch (post 1700) +

  • William A. Rensch, American politician, Mayor of Chillicothe, Missouri, 1933-35 [4]
  • 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

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 21) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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