Reynolds family crest

Reynolds family crest

Colors on the Reynolds family crest explained

Argent (silver) - signifies the value the Reynolds placed on peacefulness and sincerity.

Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.

Vert (green) - represents Reynolds family members loyalty in love and hope for the future



  Symbols on the Reynolds family crest explained 

The lion - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.

The three shells - represent early Reynolds family members journey to far away regions and a historic strong command over war at sea.


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Origins of the Reynolds family name

Reynolds is a surname of English, Scottish, and Irish origin.

The Reynolds family name was first used in medieval England.

The name is derived from the Old French word "reynold", meaning "king's field".


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Summary of the Reynolds family and the Reynolds family crest

  • The Reynolds family name was first used in medieval England.
  • The first recorded use of the name Reynolds was in the year 1273, when one William de la Reyneldes was listed in the Subsidy Rolls.
  • The family were granted a coat of arms in 1406.
  • Much of the family is descended from Sir John Reynolds (d. 1471), Speaker of the English House of Commons.
  • The family were originally from Lancashire, but later moved to Yorkshire.
  • The family seat is at Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire.
  • The current head of the family is Charles Reynolds-Masters, 12th Baronet.
  • The Reynolds family were prominent landowners and had a number of properties in both Yorkshire and Lancashire.
  • The family were strong supporters of the Royalist cause during the English Civil War. 
  • The Reynolds family owned the estate of Bayham Abbey in Kent from 1540 until it was sold in 1925.
  • The Reynolds family was one of the first families to settle in the American colonies, arriving in Virginia in the early 1600's.
    • The first known Reynolds in America was Thomas Reynolds, who arrived in Virginia in 1635.
    • His descendants remained in Virginia for many generations. In the late 1800s, some members of the Reynolds family moved west to Oklahoma and Arkansas.