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

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

i'm a reynolds and all my ancestors are irish

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.

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

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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.?

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.

Anthony Reynolds

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

Alyssa Reynolds

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

Karen Reynolds Miller
Searching for any information for my gggg grandfather, John Reynolds birth Rhode Island 1795? His wife's name was Elizabeth. His son James Enos was born in 1817 in NY He appears in 1830 census in Crawford County Illinois. I find no record after that time. James Enos remained in Crawford County, Hutsonville IL, and my family line continues from that line through his son Harper. Thank you, KRM

Glenn Reynolds
My Great Grand Father William R Reynolds, Born 1853, is from Cornwall England and His uncle John J Reynolds, Born in 1829, came to California. Still looking for the English connection.

Laci Reynolds
Looking for answers i grew up in foster care but i am a Reynolds from the D.M.V area. I think some of my family are from Philadelphia not sure but some stay in Virginia

John Gorniak
In answer to Glenn Reynolds .My Grandfather was Joseph Reynolds from Cornwall . He lived near Helston and a lot more Reynolds family members are around St Kevern .His Mother was Katherine (Katy ) Reynolds .

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