Rintoul History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rintoul family

The surname Rintoul was first found in Kinross-shire, where they held a family seat in the lands of Rintoul in the parish of Orwell on the banks of beautiful Loch Leven. Their records on these estates go back to about 1300 which denies the family tradition that they may be of Huguenot origin.

Historians have linked the name to the Dutch Rintel which would make the family of Flemish origin, a more reasonable claim given the time frame in Scottish settlements, but still most unlikely.

Early History of the Rintoul family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rintoul research. Another 44 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1642 and are included under the topic Early Rintoul History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rintoul Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rintool, Rintoole, Rintoul, Rintoule, Rentoul, Rentoule, Rentool, Rentoole and many more.

Early Notables of the Rintoul family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Rintoul family to Ireland

Some of the Rintoul family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rintoul migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rintoul Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Helen Rintoul, who arrived in New York in 1833 [1]
Rintoul Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Rintoul, aged 40, who settled in America from Perth, Scotland, in 1911
  • Nellie Rintoul, aged 7, who immigrated to America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1915
  • Dallas Rintoul, aged 5, who landed in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1915
  • Eleanor Rintoul, aged 10, who settled in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1915
  • Robert Rintoul, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rintoul (post 1700) +

  • Gordon Rintoul, Scottish Director of National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh
  • David Rintoul (b. 1948), born David Wilson, Scottish stage and television actor
  • Robert Stephen Rintoul (1787-1858), Scottish journalist, born at Tibbermuir, Perthshire, founder of The Spectator, London
  • William Rintoul OBE (1870-1936), British chemist, President of the Faraday Society (1934 to 1936)
  • Stuart William Douglas Rintoul (b. 1968), former English cricketer
  • Ian Rintoul, Australian political activist
  • Cole Rintoul, Australian musician, member of Mercury4
  • Chad Rintoul (b. 1974), retired Australian rules footballer
  • Aaron Rintoul, Canadian founder of Sublight Records


The Rintoul 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: Facta non verba
Motto Translation: Deeds not words.


  1. ^ 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)


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