Raines Family History
Raines Name Meaning
English: variant of Raine with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. English: habitational name from Rayne (Essex) recorded in the Domesday Book as Raines in the 11th century. The etymology of the placename is uncertain but it may derive from Old English hrægene ‘hut shelter’ or from a pre-English river name for Pods Brook (a river on which Rayne lies) cognate with the German river name Regen (a tributary of the Danube) formed from the Indo-European root reg- ‘wet moisten water’. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Rennes in Brittany France. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Rayne cognate with English Raine 1 and used as a translation of Hebrew Malka ‘queen’. It is formed with the Yiddish possessive -s.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press