Last name: Reynolds

This most interesting and ancient surname, with variant spellings ranging from Reynalds, Rennnolds, and Renals, to Rennels, Runnalls, and Reynoldson, is considered English, but with Norse-Norman antecedents. It is a patronymic form (i.e. "son of") of Reynold, which itself derives from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "ragin", meaning "counsel", and "wald", meaning "rule". This type of name was very popular at the period, most being made up of elements indicating god like powers, war or power. This is one of the more restrained forms. Introduced into England by 8th century Viking "settlers" in the form of "Rognvaldr", the Normans brought their version as version "Reinald" in 1066. Early examples of the recordings include John Reynold, in the Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1273, and John Reynalds in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275. Ricardus Raynoldson is recorded in the Poll Tax rolls of Yorkshire in 1379, whilst Robert Reyghnoldes was married in London in 1617. Later recordings include Robert Rennel, who was married at St Vedasts church, London, in 1772, whilst on January 3rd 1849, Richard Runnalls was a witness at St Pancras Olde Church, London. The first known name holder settler in New England was Robert Reynolds, who in the very earliest register of Virginia, is recorded as 'being dead at ye plantacon over against James Cittie' on February 16th 1623. The first known coat of arms probably granted by King Edward 111 (1327 - 1377) has the blazon of an ermine field, charged with a red chevronel, and a chief indented in black. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Wilham Reynand, which was dated 1273, in the "Records of Hornchurch Priory, Essex", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Alyssa Reynolds

I live in michigan my family background is German and Swedish they settled in Virginia

Anthony Reynolds

I've trace my line to a few years before the Norman conquest, to Reynell castle in Reynell, France.

Don Reynolds

Based on my own research, all of the Reynolds originated with the 1066 Norman Conquest of England. The Reynolds were originally Swiss and crossed the Channel with William as mercenaries. The Swiss name was Regenwald, but the name was Anglicized as Reynolds. William distributed his loyal supporters with grants of land around England. The Reynolds were sent to Devon to defend what were the frontiers of his domain at Cornwall and Wales. At least one Knight Templar was a Reynolds, called home from the crusade to Devon due to the death of a relative to take over the family estate.

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Greetings from Melbourne Australia.
We are Reynolds who have traced our name back to lietchfield conneticuit Usa before that the family was in England cornwall-my mothers side were smiths and Edwards and Jarvis as sister is right into all this stuff but I don't see the point-naked we return to the dust.?

Raymond Reynolds

A Reynolds from Connecticut, U.S.A. of Irish decent.

My Grandfather Rochford Cleveland Reynoldswas born in St. Agnes, Cornwall in 1888. Any one with any information please post it. thanks

Rosemary Reynolds
I live in Alaska at the moment but I know for a fact that my fathers family came from Irerland and England. Also my mother was born in Alaska but her mom is Scottish and Polish and dad is German.

My Reynolds family tree has been located in Nottinghamshire for the last one hundred and seventy years. I have not traced back further than that.

i'm a reynolds and all my ancestors are irish


My great great grandfather was in the Civil War and his name was Oscar Reynolds. From what I do understand I am also related back further to a Nathanial Reynolds as well. My grandfather's name was Raymond Earl Reynolds who was born in Windsor, NY on May 24, 1900 and passed away on March 2, 1981. My father's name was Raymond Waldo Reynolds who was born in Otego, NY in 1930 and passed away on July 2, 2010. I do remember my grandfather telling me that we were from Scotland, England and Ireland. Mostly we were from Ireland. I have been interested in my roots since a little girl. My grandpa Reynolds always talked about family heritage and stories of my ancestors. Also I have a great great great grandfather who was named Bentley Foster Reynolds. He was Oscar's father. If anyone has any information to share with me who knows some of this, please share because I am trying to put a family tree together for my immediate family. Thank you kindly. Terry Sue Reynolds

Victoria M. Reynolds
My ancestors were among the first to land on American soil in the early 1600s.

From Australia ( I Will Defend my Right ) Hi to all the REYNOLDS Clan all over the World hope your all well Laurie Reynolds.

mark reynolds

Hi nice to speak to reynolds family im here in uk staffordshire am going to search. family tree some of you might be on it

Naomi Reynolds
i'm so excited about my search of the Reynolds family . i'm still searching how did of the Reynolds family end up in South Africa .

Is irish unless they took the soup

evie reynolds
my ancestors were canadian. but i guess my last name must be irish because my first name is.

Alex Reynolds
I read that a lot of the original Reynolds families in New England defected to Canada when the American Revolution broke out. They were "kinda Loyalists."

Yes Alex. Most Reynolds in NE were reported to be Torry's. I never heard about detecting to Canada though.

Doreen Batten
My dad was born on 27th May 1912 mother Beatrice Reynolds In Kingston on Thames no fathers name on birth certificate That is the only information I have. Doreen

Gary Reynolds
To all those in our mighty clan, South Leitrim is our ancestoral home. Though our castle at Muintir Eolais on the shores of Lough Rynn may be in ruin, perhaps one day a more fortunate member of our now vast and wonderful family shall endevour to restore it to a portion of it's former glory.

Debbie Reynolds

I have found out that my Great Grandfather is from Leitrim. I did have a Great Uncle who was doing the family history but I have not yet found out what his "findings were.

All my Reynolds' ancestors came from Leitrim and the surrounding counties.

long live the reynolds

Olivia reindl
Does anyone know miss Alezae Reynolds? She died on the SS Pacific on November 4 1875? Young lady?

Carrie Spalding
This past weekend, I researched my coworker/friend's geneology on the "Reynolds" side of her family. We discovered that her 24th great-grandfather was Reginald de Dunstanville of Castle Combe, in Wiltshire, England. Reginald (or Reinald if you will) was an illegitimate son of King Henry I of England. I used to get this information. Its free and you don't have to sign up or pay to use it!

Charles Kennedy
My great great grandmother was Katherine Reynolds married to James Kennedy of Tipperary Co. Ireland. I cannot locate either great great grandparents birth records as I don't know their parent's names. I have six possible James Kennedy record of birth but nothing on Reynolds and know little about where her home may have been in Ireland.

I've been looking into the origins of the Reynolds name, as mentioned it comes from old Norse and from what I've read it might come from around the area of Alesund in Norway. Can anyone confirm this or know of where I can read more? There seems to be disputes about the Norman connection as the origins of the Norman Vikings is disputed.

I don't really think it is a Norwegian surname. If it was the people died out long ago.


My Reynolds' ancestors originate from Dublin & Mayo.