Origin of the name REYNALD.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name REYNALD.
French. A form of
Old Norse Rögnvaldr
(q.v.), Frank Raginwald
(q.v.), English Reginald
(q.v.), meaning "power of judgment."
This name appears in Domesday.
(History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).
The story of
the Four Sons of Aymon is now forgotten, although at one time most
popular; and, indeed, it is a touching tale. The Four Sons of
Aymon were at feud with Charlemagne, and all four rode on the back of
their great horse Bayard. At last, through the intercession of
their mother, the great King agreed to receive the Four Sons of Aymon
into favour again, on condition that they surrendered to him their horse
Bayard. This was agreed to, and Reynald gave up the steed to
Charlemagne, who had two millstones attached to Bayard's neck, and the
horse was then precipitated into the water. Bayard managed to
disengage himself from the load, and rose to the surface, saw his master
Reynald, and swam to him and laid his head on his shoulder. When
the King saw this he demanded the horse again, and Reynald gave it
up. Charles the Great now had a millstone attached to each foot of
the horse and two to its neck, and again it was cast into the
water. But once more Bayard managed to free himself, and swam up
to Reynald and looked at him piteously, as much as to say: "Why
have you done this to me, your true friend?" Reynald caressed
the poor beast, and trusted that the Emperor now would waive his
determination to have it destroyed. But Charles once more
insisted, and against the will of his brothers, who to save the faithful
beast would have renewed their feud with the Emperor, he gave Bayard up
for the third time, but as he parted with it he said: "Oh, old
friend, how hardly am I repaying all your trusty service to us
brothers!" Then Charlemagne had millstones attached as
before, and he bade Reynaud turn his head away, and not look at the
horse, should it again reach the surface. Again was Bayard flung
into the river; again the horse rose and turned its eyes towards its
master. But Reynald had his head directed elsewhere, and when
Bayard could not meet his master's eyes it sank to rise no more... (Family
Names and Their Story, Baring-Gould, 1910)