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posted 06-14-2003 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deborahknowles   Click Here to Email deborahknowles     Edit/Delete Message
Could anybody tell me whether the name Reynolds is french, whether it existed in the 1300s and what is its origin/meaning? I'd be very grateful (It's for the novel I'm writing)


posted 06-17-2003 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
Is the name "Reynolds" French? Not really, but was clearly in use there for an awefully long time!

It seems most likely that the name has its principle root in Norse from which it spread via two routes into English usage, one via the western British Isles through Gaelic Irish; the other via European mainland countries of Germany to Normandy and then into England.

"Reynolds" as a family name is principally of Irish origin - "McRaghnail" and "Raghnall" but with Norse roots.

In England, "Willelmus filius Rainaldi" is recorded in the Domesday book of 1086. Other versions of the name in England include "Randal" and "Reginald". The English use of the name has it's origins from Normandy (now part of France) in the form "Reinald". This in turn is thought to originate from Old German, "Raginald" or "Ragionwald" meaning "counsel-might".


posted 06-17-2003 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
The following website traces the Irish Reynold family:

This site says that the Irish Reynolds and English Reynolds have no connection. The Irish version being traceable to earlier than 500 BC; the English version originating from the Nordic.

posted 06-18-2003 04:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Cheers Levan,
stinking head-cold at the moment.
can't even trace myself.

All times are PT (US)

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