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The name Reynolds reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Reynolds family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Reynolds is based on the Norman given name Reginald or Regenweald, meaning brave councilor, which is an alteration of the Old French name Reinold.

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The surname Reynolds was first found in Somerset where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest of England 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 (1313Ė1327), Lord High Treasurer and Lord Chancellor.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Reynolds are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Reynolds include Reynell, Reynolds, Reynold, Reynalds, Reynell, Renaud, Renaut, Renouf, Rennard, Renals, Rennell, Rennels and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reynolds 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 Reynolds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Reynolds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Reynolds 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.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Reynolds, or a variant listed above:

Reynolds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Reynolds, who came to Virginia in 1622
  • Christopher Reynolds settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Robert Reynolds settled in Salem in 1630 with Mary and his four children
  • Robert Reynolds, who settled in Salem in 1630 with his wife Mary and his four children
  • Henry Reynolds, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1647
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Reynolds Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Darby Reynolds, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Edward Reynolds, a convict sent to Annapolis, Maryland in 1719
  • Arnold Reynolds, who arrived in Maryland in 1740

Reynolds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Agnes Reynolds, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Allen Reynolds, aged 45, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • David Reynolds, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830
  • Darius Leverest Reynolds, who landed in Louisiana in 1833
  • Catherine Reynolds, aged 11, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
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Reynolds Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Cyril Revell Reynolds, who landed in Colorado in 1901

Reynolds Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Reynolds, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1761
  • Mr. James Reynolds U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 199 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA
  • Mr. Jesse Reynolds U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Joshua Reynolds U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Pine Reynolds U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784
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Reynolds Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin, Caleb, and Thomas Reynolds were among the United Empire Loyalists who settled in Ontario, Canada following the American War of Independence
  • Christopher Reynolds, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Robert Reynolds, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Margaret Reynolds, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Alice Dunphy Reynolds, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835
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Reynolds Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Reynolds, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Reynolds, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Patrick Reynolds, a smith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • George Reynolds, a bricklayer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Reynolds, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
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Reynolds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane Reynolds, aged 22, a dressmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • George Reynolds arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841
  • Edward Reynolds, aged 32, a cabinet maker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Harriet Reynolds, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Edward Reynolds, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
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  • Richard Floyd "Dick" Reynolds (1927-2014), American politician
  • Benny Reynolds (1936-2014), American rodeo champion, awarded the World Champion All Around Cowboy title in 1961
  • Herbert Hal Reynolds (1930-2007), American academic, President of Baylor University from 1981 to 1995
  • Kevin Hal Reynolds (b. 1952), American film director and screenwriter
  • John Fulton Reynolds (1820-1863), United States Army general in the American Civil War who played a key role in committing the Army of the Potomac to the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Allie Pierce Reynolds (1917-1994), native American Major League Baseball pitcher nicknamed "Superchief"
  • Robert "Bobby" Thomas Reynolds (b. 1982), American professional tennis player from Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • Richard Joshua "R. J." Reynolds (1850-1918), American businessman and founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
  • Frank Reynolds (1923-1983), American television journalist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • S. A. Reynolds, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Dallas County, 1933
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Reynolds Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. John A Reynolds (b. 1920), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Richmond, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. S Reynolds, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Roy Reynolds, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Jack Reynolds, British Sergeant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Stronghold
  • Mr. Clifford Benjamin Reynolds (1920-1942), Welsh Able Seaman from Wales, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Albert Reynolds, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Patrick Reynolds, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Harold J. Reynolds (d. 1912), aged 21, English Third Class passenger from London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Montmagny
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  • The Gilded Leaf: Triumphs, Tragedy, And Tobacco: Three Generations of the R.J. Reynolds Family and Fortune by Patrick Reynolds.
  • Lamshead Before Interwoven: a Texas Range Chronicle, 1848-1878 by France Mayhugh Holden.
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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: Jus meum tuebor
Motto Translation: I will defend my right.

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    Other References

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    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    The Reynolds Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reynolds 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.

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