The history of the name Renyolds begins with 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 Renyolds family
The surname Renyolds 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 Renyolds family
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Renyolds Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Renyolds has been recorded under many different variations, including Reynard, Reynardson, Renhard, Renyard, Reinard and many more.
Early Notables of the Renyolds family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Renyolds family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Renyolds or a variant listed above: 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.