Reny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The age-old Scottish surname Reny was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The Reny family lived in county of Angus.
Early Origins of the Reny family
The surname Reny was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire.
"The Ranys or Rennys were extensive owners of land in the district of Craig in Angus from the middle of the fifteenth century, and the Rennies of Usan were recognised as an old family. Symon Renny was bailie of Inverkeithing in 1362. John Rayny, pelliparius, was burgess of Stirling in 1436." 
Early History of the Reny family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reny research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1572, 1592, 1798, 1402, 1409 and are included under the topic Early Reny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reny Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Reny has been spelled Rayney, Rainy, Rainey, Rainnie, Rennie, Renny and many more.
Early Notables of the Reny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Reny family to Ireland
Some of the Reny family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reny migration to the United States +
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:
Reny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Reny, who landed in Virginia in 1649 
- Mary Reny, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 
Contemporary Notables of the name Reny (post 1700) +
- Philip J. Reny, American Hugo F. Sonnenschein Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and in the College at the University of Chicago
- Louise Reny, Canadian vocalist and songwriter
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ 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)