Origin of the Name Rainey
The origin of the name Rainey
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Rainey
include Rainy, Rainie, Raine, Rainnie, Rigney, Rennie and Renny. These names are derived from the Gaelic O'Raighne sept that was located in County Westmeath in Leinster Province in Ireland .
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The placename Clonyrina in Westmeath specifically marks their location. This placename in Gaelic is 'Cluain Ui Raighne' meaning 'Raighne's fort'. Other families of the name Rainey were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. When of Scottish and English origin the name can also be a variant of the surname Renny and Rennie.
The Rainey coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Rainey descendants.