Rinay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scottish history reveals Rinay was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived in county of Angus.

Early Origins of the Rinay family

The surname Rinay was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire.

"The Ranys or Rennys were extensive owners of land in the district of Craig in Angus from the middle of the fifteenth century, and the Rennies of Usan were recognised as an old family. Symon Renny was bailie of Inverkeithing in 1362. John Rayny, pelliparius, was burgess of Stirling in 1436." [1]

Early History of the Rinay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rinay research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1572, 1592, 1798, 1402, 1409 and are included under the topic Early Rinay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rinay Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Rinay has been spelled Rayney, Rainy, Rainey, Rainnie, Rennie, Renny and many more.

Early Notables of the Rinay family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Rinay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Rinay family to Ireland

Some of the Rinay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 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 Rinay family

Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them: Luke Rainy who settled in Virginia in 1679; Johnston Rainey who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1763; followed by James Rainey in 1767.



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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