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Rayner Surname Origin
Danish. Raner, a leader of the Danes, who invaded Britain; a pirate, a robber, a term given to a warrior.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Rayner Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Rayner Family History Thought:
'We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.' --Ralph Waldo Emerson