The name Raines is a corruption of de Rennes. In the time of
Robert the Magnificent and William the Bastard, Dukes of
Normandy, our ancestors were the Counts of Rennes, one of the
most ancient and notable cities in Brittanly, in the south of
When William the Bastard conquered England, our ancestors went
with him, and established themselves in Essex, where they
flourished for many years. There is no family of more honorable
descent. The Raines Family is a very ancient and honorable one, having its origin in the Counts of Rennes, Duke of Brittany, from Brittany they passed into England with William
the Conqueror, and were barons there as late as the reign
of Richard the Lion-Hearted. They held vast estates and filled
many positions of honor and Trust.
William Raines born about 1666 is the eldest member we have
found records of in America.
1-Abstracted and Complied by Benjamin B. Weisiger,111
Prince George County, Virginia Wills & Deeds. 1713-1728
Copyright 1973 page 7.
2-Stella Pickett Hardy, Colonial Families of the Southern
States of America, 2nd edition , Baltimore Southern Book
Company, 1958, page 439
3-John Bennett Boddie, Births, Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778
from The Albemarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties Virginia, 2nd Edition, Baltimore Genealogical Co., Copyright
1964, page 115
4- Grace Harris Salter research of familty beginning with
Thomas Raines born 1695/1700. Other information passed
down family records , information Thomas Raines Bible,
John Goodwyn Bible, etc.