Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Renwech is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the region of Renwick
beside the Eden river in Cumberland
. Renwech 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. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Renwech family
The surname Renwech was first found in Cumberland
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.
Early History of the Renwech family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Renwech research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1662 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Renwech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Renwech Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Renwech has been spelled many different ways, including Renwick, Rennick and others.
Early Notables of the Renwech family (pre 1700)
Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Renwech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Renwech family to Ireland
Some of the Renwech family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Renwech family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Renwechs to arrive in North America: Samuel Renick settled in Philadelphia in 1804; John Renwick was banished to New Jersey in 1685; Francis, James and William Renwick arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..