Renouf

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This is a family surname of very long standing in Jersey and Guernsey. It was included among William the Conqueror's force at the Battle of Hastings

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Alfred Charles Renouf and his granddaughter Irene


Record Search


Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Renouf family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Renouf, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

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Origin of Surname

The surname Renouf, which is found extensively in Guernsey and Jersey, originated as a Christian name. Renoaf is the Norman Ranulf either from the Norse Ragnulf or Frankish Regenwulf, or Ragin Wulf.

The origin is disputed. Our trusted source of information on French names (and several other sources for derivation of family names) suggests that the name Renou comes from the germanic Raginwulf (ragin = 'counsel' + wulf = 'wolf') and notes that spelling variants are found in Manche - Renouf; Ile et Vilaine, Brittany - Renoul; and further south - Renoux, although that may have a different derivation, from the given name Arnou.

It is also suggested that the name comes from the Germanic Raginwald, roughly translated as a ruler who took advice.

Norse or German?

It is alternatively suggested that because Renou/Renouf are exclusive to Normandy, the origin must have been the Norse Ragnulf. This might be a somewhat academic distinction because sources for Norse names suggest that Ragnulf is a variant of the personal name Raginolf, which is of old German origin.

By the end of the first millennium Renouf became established as a surname in Normandy, with a variety of spellings, and people with the surname lived in the villages in the northern Contentin Peninsula (Theville, Gonnerville) and around Caen and Bayeux (Isigny-sur-Mer, Ver-sur-Mer, Cahagnes, Saint Contest, Cheux, Mosles, Landes Sur Ajon). They were not all related.

Early records

The first record of the Renouf surname found by New Zealand family researcher Jacky Renouf is of Jean Renouf, who along with some former Norsemen, was part of a warlike group achieving military superiority against various foes. Tupper’s History of Guernsey reveals that there were Renoufs living at Hauteville, five miles south west of Coutances in western Normandy, who went to Apulia (Southern Italy) in 1033 with various sons from the Tancred family, to set up a colony there. Renouf was said to have been elected as their leader.

W C Renouf, of Ville Bree, St Martin, with potatoes for export

The Falaise Roll, which lists the Companions who fought with William the Conqueror in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings, includes five Renoufs; Renouf of Vailort and Renouf of St Valery (both in Upper Normandy); Renouf of Colonbelles; Renouf of Vaubadan (both in Lower Normandy, near Caen) and Renouf Peveral. However, the Doomsday Book of 1086 shows that there were no Renoufs among the 190 Norman counts who held over half of England as their fief.

The name appears in the Assize Roll of 1309 both in Jersey and Guernsey.

Variants

  • Ranulf
  • Ranulph
  • Ranulphus
  • Renou
  • Renoul
  • Renoux

Family records

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Family trees


The first three trees show essentially the same lineage but there are differences of opinion about relationships in the early generations. They should be viewed together by researchers into this part of the Renouf tree



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Church records

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Alfred Charles Renouf sitting in the middle of the front row, surrounded by some of his sons and sons-in-law

Renouf family histories



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Renouf lineages in Guernsey



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Great War service



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Family wills



Notable islanders

Emigrant to Canada

Family businesses

Family properties

DNA Study

Further Reading

Links

Family album

The Renouf family on their farm in 1950
Threshing on another Renouf farm in 1900

Family gravestones

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Tips

The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

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