Renyard is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Rainer,
which was taken from the Old Germanic name Raginhari
which means counsel
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Renyard family
The surname Renyard was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. There is also an entry in the Domesday Book
1086)) listing a Rogerus filius
Rainardi, Rainart in Norfolk.
Early History of the Renyard family
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Renyard Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Renyard has undergone many spelling variations
, including Reynard, Reynardson, Renhard, Renyard, Reinard and many more.
Early Notables of the Renyard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Renyard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Renyard were among those contributors: Johnis Rynard, who was on record in New York in 1687; Joan Reynard, who came to America from Ireland
in 1740; Caspar Reynard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1751.