Renton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Renton family

The surname Renton was first found in Berwickshire 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 Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Renton family

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Renton Spelling Variations

Although the name, Renton, 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 Renton family (pre 1700)

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United States Renton 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 Renton family name Renton, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Renton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Renton, who settled in Virginia in 1716
  • James Renton, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • William Renton, who settled in Nevis in 1722
Renton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Renton, who arrived in America in 1819 [1]
  • Mary Renton arrived with her husband in New York in 1822
  • Mary Renton, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1822 [1]
  • William Renton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [1]

Australia Renton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Renton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Renton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [2]
  • Richard Renton, aged 41, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [3]
  • John Renton, aged 22, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [4]

New Zealand Renton 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:

Renton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. J. Renton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [5]
  • Mrs. Renton, British settler travelling from London with 2 children aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [5]
  • Mr. John Renton, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [5]
  • Mrs. Renton, Scottish settler with 2 daughters travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [5]
  • Arthur Renton, aged 24, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Renton (post 1700) +

  • Kristen Louise Renton (b. 1982), American actress, known for her recurring role as Ima on Sons of Anarchy and her former role on Days of Our Lives (1965)
  • David Malcolm Renton (1878-1947), known as “DM”, an American builder and business executive
  • W. W. Renton, American politician, Mayor of Wheaton, Illinois, 1942 [6]
  • Peter Renton, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 4th District, 1840-42 [6]
  • Merle G. Renton, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1940 [6]
  • George F. Renton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1912 [6]
  • Fletcher Lowrie Renton (b. 1900), American Republican politician, Mayor of Royal Oak, Michigan, 1938-43; Resigned 1943; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1940 [6]
  • Ronald Timothy Renton PC (b. 1932), Baron Renton of Mount Harry, English politician, Minister for the Arts (1990-1992), Government Chief Whip Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (1989-1990), Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex (1974-1997)
  • Paul John Renton (1962-2017), New Zealand rugby union player
  • Kris Joseph Renton (b. 1990), Scottish footballer who currently plays as a striker for Newtongrange Star
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Trafalgar-March.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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