I haven’t done a Surname Saturday in awhile and today seemed a good day to highlight this particular surname after stumbling across an interesting story this week – and possibly a link to my own family history. The name I actually ran across while working on an ancestry research project was Renfro (Renfrow or Rentfrow). As it turns out, these are all variations of Renfrew, and as I suspected the name has Scottish origins.
The name originates from a town of the same name in Renfrewshire. Perhaps the earliest instance of the name was seen in the late thirteenth century when the name Adam de Reynfru was recorded in Edeneburk County. Early in the following century a Scottish prisoner of war by the name of Robert Reynfreu was imprisoned at the Old Sarum Castle between 1304 and 1307.