The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Reynil family, whose name comes from the Norman given name Reginald
meaning brave councilor,
which is an alteration of the Old French name Reinold.
Early Origins of the Reynil family
The surname Reynil was first found in Somerset
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Early records of the name mention Willemus filius
Raunaldi who was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086. Walter Reynolds (died 1327) was Bishop of Worcester, Archbishop of Canterbury (1313–1327), Lord High Treasurer and Lord Chancellor.
Early History of the Reynil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reynil research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1191, 1194, 1198, 1327, 1313, 1327, 1588, 1655, 1599, 1676, 1589, 1655, 1624, 1625, 1657, 1655 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Reynil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reynil Spelling Variations
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 Reynell, Reynolds, Reynold, Reynalds, Reynell, Renaud, Renaut, Renouf, Rennard, Renals, Rennell, Rennels and many more.
Early Notables of the Reynil family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Joshua Reynolds, a painter; Walter Reynolds (d. 1327) the son of a Windsor baker, who became a favorite of King Edward II, Archbishop of Canterbury (1313-1327); John Reynolds (c.
1588-c. 1655), an English merchant and writer from Exeter
, produced a series of... Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reynil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reynil family to Ireland
Some of the Reynil family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reynil family to the New World and Oceana
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 Reynil or a variant listed above: Henry, Samuel, Thomas Reynold settled in Barbados in 1688; Christopher Reynolds settled in Virginia in 1622; Nathaniel Reynold settled in Salem in 1630.
The Reynil Motto
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: Jus meum tuebor
Motto Translation: I will defend my right.