REYNOLDS Name Meaning and Origin

The Reynolds surname comes from root words meaning wise ruler or counselor.
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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, Irish

Alternate Surname Spellings: REYNOLDSON, REYNOLD, MAC RAGHNAILL, M'RAINELL, M'RANALD, M'RANDAL, MACRANNALL, MACRANALD, MACRANDELL, MACCRINDLE, MACREYNOLD, MACREYNOLDS, RANDALSON, RONALDSON, RANNALS, RANDALS, RANDLES, RANOLDS

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

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.


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