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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...

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Clare Reynolds

Please give me information about my ancestors who originate in Ballinamore county Leitrim.


I am looking for information about my ancestors. We know we are descendants of a Michael Reynolds born in Ireland in the 1800's and died in Quebec about 1869. Michael married a Maria Watson and moved to Quebec. They had 6 children. If anyone has any information to help me further my search it would be appreciated.


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