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Where did the English Reyna family come from? What is the English Reyna family crest and coat of arms? When did the Reyna family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Reyna family history?

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Reyna family name to the British Isles. Reyna comes from the short forms of various Germanic personal names containing the element Ragin, meaning counsel. It it thought that the name could also have been derived from Rennes, in Brittany. [1] However, not all of the family joined the Conqueror as seen by the listing of Warenger Raine in Normandy (1180-1195.) [2]

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Raines, Raine, Rayne and others.

First found in Essex where Roger Rayne was granted lands at Rayne as companion in arms of William the Conqueror. Other early spellings of the name include De Raines and Raneis. [1] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Alice Reine in Cambridgeshire; John Reyn and Nicholas Reyn in Lincolnshire; Robert de Rennes in Oxfordshire; and Richard de Rennes. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Robert Rayne; Johannes Rayne; Richard Rayneson; and William Rayne. [3]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reyna research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1280 are included under the topic Early Reyna History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Reyna Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Reyna or a variant listed above:

Reyna Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Catalina De Reyna, who arrived in Peru in 1853
  • Emma Reyna, aged 8, who landed in America, in 1894
  • C Reyna, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897
  • Elisa M. Reyna, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897

Reyna Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alberto Reyna, aged 0, who landed in America from Mexico City, in 1904
  • Alfredo Reyna, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Mexico, Mexico, in 1913
  • Bernard Reyna, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Ceferina Reyna, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Anna Reyna, aged 29, who landed in America from Balboa, Panama, in 1922


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  • Greg Reyna (b. 1949), American animator and director
  • Jimmie V. Reyna (b. 1952), American lawyer and former president of the Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Claudio Reyna (b. 1973), retired American soccer player
  • Sulema Reyna, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1972
  • Elvira Reyna, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 101st District; Elected 1994; Elected unopposed 1996, 1998; Elected 2000; Elected unopposed 2002, 2004
  • Diana Reyna, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008
  • Arthur Reyna, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 125th District; Elected 1996; Elected unopposed 1998; Elected 2000; Defeated, 2002
  • Francisco de Reyna, Spanish painter of the Baroque period
  • Carola Reyna, is an Argentine actress and director
  • Jorge Reyna (b. 1963), retired Cuban male triple jumper

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Judicium parium aut leges terrae
Motto Translation: The judgement of my peers, or the laws of the land.

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Reyna Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reyna Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 January 2016 at 14:15.

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