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RENNISON Family History

Recorded in many forms including Rainy, Rainey, Rany, Rennie, Renny, Rennison, and Renison, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname. It is or rather was, an endearment form of the original personal name "Reynold", a compound of the Germanic elements "ragin" meaning "counsel", and "wald", rule. This name was first introduced into England by the Viking-Scandinavians of the 8th century, and later reinforced at the time of the Norman Conquest (1066) by the French equivalent "Reinald". Early examples of the surname recordings include Thomas Renie in the 1279 Hundred Rolls of Bedfordshire, whilst in 1362, Symon Renny who was recorded as being the bailie of Inverkeithing, Scotland, is believed to be the first known recording in that country.

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