Show ContentsReynard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Reynard has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the baptismal name Rainer, which was taken from the Old Germanic name Raginhari which means counsel and army. 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 Reynard family

The surname Reynard 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 Reynard family

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Reynard Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Reynard include Reynard, Reynardson, Renhard, Renyard, Reinard and many more.

Early Notables of the Reynard family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Sir Abraham Reynardson (1589-1661), an English merchant from Plymouth, Lord Mayor of London in 1649...
  • He was son of Thomas Reynardson, turkey merchant, of Plymouth[1]...

Reynard Ranking

In France, the name Reynard is the 5,110th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Reynard migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Reynard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Reynard, who arrived in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Joan Reynard, who settled in America from Ireland in 1740
  • John Reynard, who settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1752 with his wife and their two children
  • Anth Reynard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786 [3]

Canada Reynard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reynard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Caspar Reynard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1751

Australia Reynard migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Reynard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Reynard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [4]
  • Mr. James Reynard, English convict who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. John Reynard, English convict who was convicted in Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. Thomas Reynard, English convict who was convicted in Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Reynard (post 1700) +

  • Paul Leon Reynard (1927-2005), French-born, American artist, art teacher, co-president of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York
  • Grant Tyson Reynard (1887-1968), American visual artist
  • Melissa Reynard (b. 1972), English former cricketer, member of the England women's cricket team from Harrogate, Yorkshire
  • Adrian Reynard (1951-1973), English businessman, founder of Reynard Motorsport, at one time the world's largest racing car manufacturer in 1973
  • John Reynard Todd (1868-1945), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1928, 1932, 1940 [7]

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  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)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 23rd August 2020 from
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook