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The ancestors of the name Renshaw date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence at the village of Ravenshaw, in Warwickshire. Renshaw 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.

Renshaw Early Origins



The surname Renshaw 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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Renshaw Spelling Variations


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Renshaw Spelling Variations



Renshaw has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Renshaw, Ravenshaw, Renshall, Olerenshaw and many more.

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Renshaw Early History


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Renshaw Early History



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

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Renshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Renshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Renshaws to arrive on North American shores:

Renshaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Renshaw arrived in Philadelphia in 1750
  • Henry Renshaw, who settled in Virginia in 1763 with his wife Isabella

Renshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A W Renshaw, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • David, Francis, Hugh, James, William Renshaw all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870
  • Thomas Renshaw, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Renshaw Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Renshaw U.E. (b. 1755) who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1835 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Thomas Renshaw U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Renshaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Renshaw, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond"

Renshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Renshaw arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1880
  • Helen Renshaw arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Renshaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Renshaw (post 1700)



  • W. C. W. Renshaw, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1917-18
  • Steven J. Renshaw, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 25th District, 1990
  • Samuel J. Renshaw, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1840-41
  • Robert H. Renshaw, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 6th District, 1984, 1986
  • Margaret Renshaw, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972
  • Maidee B. Renshaw, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924
  • Elizabeth P. Renshaw, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Darien, 1937-40
  • Samuel Renshaw (1892-1981), American psychologist
  • Deborah Renshaw (b. 1975), American NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver
  • Ernest and William Renshaw (1861-1899), English twin brother tennis players, who together won seven men's doubles titles at Wimbledon
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Renshaw Historic Events


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Renshaw Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Harold Renshaw, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth Renshaw, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Renshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Renshaw 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.

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