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  • Aaron A. Rayner, Sr. (1768 - 1855)
    Aaron A Rayner BIRTH 2 May 1768 Hertford County, North Carolina, USA DEATH 15 Mar 1853 (aged 84) Garlandville, Jasper County, Mississippi, USA BURIAL Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery Jasper County...
  • Aaron A. Rayner, Jr. (1810 - 1884)
  • Alice Walker (1529 - 1571)
  • Ann Christie (1858 - d.)
  • Benjamin S. Rayner (1844 - 1904)
    Benjamin S. Rayner BIRTH 28 Mar 1844 Mississippi, USA DEATH 3 May 1904 (aged 60) USA BURIAL Spring Hill Cemetery Holmes County, Mississippi, USA MEMORIAL ID 53194436 · View Source MEMORIAL PHOTOS 1 FL...

About the Rayner surname

Origins of the Rayner Surname

Source: Patrick Hanks, Richard Coates, Peter McClure (2016) The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland. Oxford University Press.

Variants: Raynor, Rainer, Ranner, Renner, Reyner, Reiner, Reiners

  • Current frequencies: GB 10102, Ireland 38
  • GB frequency 1881: 7405
  • Main GB location 1881: WR Yorks, Lancs; also E Anglia, Surrey, Kent
  • Main Irish location 1847-64: Dublin

Norman, English: relationship name from the Old French given name Rainer, Reiner, Renier (Continental Germanic Raginhari, from ragin ‘counsel’ + hari, heri ‘army’). The surname was later much confused with Reynold and Reynard.

Early bearers: given names: Rainerus, 1086 in Domesday Book; Reynerus cancellarius, 1101-25 in Saint Benet of Holme Register (Norfolk); Reyner de Stanford, 1216 in Northants Record Office (Helpston, Northants); Renerus, about 1250 in Ramsey Cartulary (Norfolk).

surnames: Ricardus filius Rainer, 1148 in Winton Domesday (Hants); Alexander Reygner, 1229 in Close Rolls; William Rayner, 1216-72 in Gilbertine Charters (Lincs); William Reyner, 1286 in Assize Rolls (Staffs); Elis Raynor, 1377 in Poll Tax (West Farleigh, Kent); Robertus Rayner’, 1381 in Poll Tax (Cottingham, ER Yorks); Richard Rayner, 1441 in Feet of Fines (Kent); William Rayner, 1474 in Feet of Fines (Gildersome (in Batley), WR Yorks); Marmaduke Reynor, 1558 in TNA; Simon Reyner of Darlton [Notts], 1566 in Derbys Record Office (Glapwell, Derbys); Reinold Reiner, 1582 in IGI (Davington, Kent); Maria Renner, 1627 in IGI (Ely, Cambs); Robert Ranare, 1651 in Parish Registers (Rothwell, WR Yorks); Thomas Reynors, 1738.

Are you interested in exploring your Rayner lineage using Y-DNA? If so then please consider joining the Rainer (and surname variants) Project at: Note that you need to be a male Rayner to take a FamilyTreeDNA Y-DNA test. If you are not a male Rayner this does not prevent you from participating in the project but you will need to recruit a male Rayner, e.g. brother, father, uncle or cousin, to take a Y-DNA test for you.

Best Regards,

Gavin Rayner

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