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Coat of Arms: A silver shield with a portcullis and three blue bands.

Crest: A fox.

Motto: Jus meum tuebor.

Motto Translated: I will defend my right.

English Origins:

Spelling variations include: Reynell, Reynolds, Reynold, Reynalds, Reynell, Renaud, Renaut, Renouf, Rennard, Renals, Rennell, Rennels and many more.

First found in Somerset where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Henry, Samuel, Thomas Reynold settled in the Barbados in 1688; Christopher Reynolds settled in Virginia in 1622; Nathaniel Reynold settled in Salem in 1630.

IRISH:Reynolds coat of arms
Coat of Arms:
Green with a gold lion and three gold escallops.

Crest: A Stag grazing on a mound.

Irish Origins:

Spelling variations include: McRannell, McReynolds, Reynolds, Grannell, Magranill, MacGrannell, MacRaghnald, MacRanel, McRanel, MacRannal, MacRannel, MacRanell, MacRanall and many more.
First found in county Connaught where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Christopher Reynolds, who came to Virginia in 1622; Nathaniel Reynold, who settled in Salem in 1630; Robert Reynolds, who settled in Salem in 1630 with his wife Mary and his four children.

The family of Reynolds is Irish in origin. The early form of the name was McRaghnail, the Gaelic form being Raghnall, which is equivalent to the English names Randal and Reginald. All three of these names are believed to be derived from the Norse. The family name McRaghnail was eventually anglicized to Grannell and Reynolds, the latter being the most common.

The family is essentially Irish, having lived since early times in the southern part of the county of Leitrim, where they held lands until the end of the 17th century.

The name Reynolds appears to have been finally adopted by the family during the reign of Elizabeth the First (1558-1603). In England, the name is believed to be a variation of the ancient name of Ranell, the family originally having come from Normandy.
In Reynolds we have an example of a fine old Gaelic Irish surname which has been given as its usual anglicized form a common English one. In Irish it is MacRaghnaill, Raghnall being the Gaelic equivalent of Randal or Reginald. The forms MacRannal and Grannell, also used in English, are of course, nearer the original. The sept belongs to Co. Leitrim: their territory was Muintir Eolais in the southern half of that county. They remained influential as long as the Gaelic order survived and indeed up to the end of the seventeenth century, in spite of continual rivalry and feuds with their powerful Breffny neighbours the O'Rourkes 9with whom, however, they were at times allied). NAME variations: Raginald, Raghnall, MacRaghnall,

The meaning of Raghnall
Origin: Gaelic
Meaning: Mighty power.
Origin: Irish
Meaning: Strong.
Origin: Teutonic
Meaning: Wise power.

REYNOLD (British).  "Power power" (Germanic).

REYNOLDS (British).  "Son of Renold."

Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) nominative form:  Ragnall
Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) genitive form:  Ragnaill
Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) nominative form:  Raghnall
Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) genitive form:  Raghnaill
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