Humanities › History & Culture Reynolds Name Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print Getty / Pigeon Productions SA History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated November 06, 2019 The common last name Reynolds is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Reynold." The given name Reynold derives from the Germanic name Reginold composed of the elements ragin, meaning "counsel, advice" and wald, meaning "rule. " Mac Raghnaill is the Irish version of the Reynolds surname, deriving from the Old Norse Rognvald a Latin given name composed of rogn for "regal" and vald, or "valor." Surname Origin: English, IrishAlternate Surname Spellings: REYNOLDSON, REYNOLD, MAC RAGHNAILL, M'RAINELL, M'RANALD, M'RANDAL, MACRANNALL, MACRANALD, MACRANDELL, MACCRINDLE, MACREYNOLD, MACREYNOLDS, RANDALSON, RONALDSON, RANNALS, RANDALS, RANDLES, RANOLDS Famous People Ryan Reynolds: Canadian actorGeneral John F. Reynolds: Union leader during the U.S. Civil War Genealogy Resources for the Surname REYNOLDS: Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their MeaningsSmith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 250 common last names from the 2000 census?The Reynolds Family CircleA non-profit organization open to any descendant of William Reynolds and Jane Milliken who were married on August 23, 1790, in Greene County, Tennessee.Reynolds Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Reynolds surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or ask your own question about your Reynolds ancestors.FamilySearchFind records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Reynolds surname and its variations.Reynolds Surname & Family Mailing ListsRootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Reynolds surname.DistantCousin.comFree databases and genealogy links for the last name Reynolds. References Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.