Renter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Renter family

The surname Renter was first found in Berwickshire at Renton, in the parish of Coldingham. "The Rentons of Renton were hereditary foresters of Coldingham in the reign of William the Lion, and Ricardus forestarius appears in record as Ricardus de Reningtona. In the fourteenth century the Rentons were an influential family of burgesses in Berwick. During the fifteenth century the family terminated in the direct line in a daughter who married Ellem of Ellemsford. Robert de Rentun witnessed a charter by Herbert, abbot of Kelso, c. 1225. Symon of Rennyngton, burgess of Jedburgh, rendered homage in 1296 (Bain, II, p. 197). John de Raynton who had a charter of lands of Over Lamberton in 1323 is probably the John de Rainton (Rayntoun, or Rayneton) who was burgess and customar of Berwick in 1325 and following years and c. 1332 received a charter of lands in Kirckambirton." [1]

In England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: Mathew de Renedon, or Reneton, Devon; and Robert de Reyndon, Warwickshire. [2]

Early History of the Renter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Renter research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1235, 1296, 1330, 1590, 1473, 1479, 1548, 1557, 1561, 1429, 1464, 1500, 1431, 1782, 1569, 1646 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Renter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Renter Spelling Variations

Although the name, Renter, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Renton, Wrenton, Rentin, Renten, Wrenten, Wrentin and others.

Early Notables of the Renter family (pre 1700)

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United States Renter migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Renter family name Renter, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Renter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthias Renter, aged 14, who landed in New York, NY in 1716 [3]
  • Johann Erich Renter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]
Renter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Max Renter, who landed in Mississippi in 1899 [3]


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  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)


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