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This surname of REHN was an English, German, French and Jewish female given name originally derived from the Old French word RAINE, and rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form RANA (Queen). The Hebrew rendering of the name was MALKA. The name has spread widely in many forms which include RAINIER, RAYNER, RAINER, RENNE, REINLE, REINK, RENNEKE, and RAGUIN. When traditional Jews were forced to take family names by the local bureaucracy, it was an obligation imposed from outside traditional society, and people often took the names playfully and let their imaginations run wild by choosing names which corresponded to nothing real in their world. No one alive today can remember the times when Jews took or were given family names (for most Ashkenazim this was the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th) although many remember names being changed after emigration to other countries, such as the United States and Israel in recent years. RAINIER III, born in 1923, properly Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand de Grimaldi, Prince of Monaco. Born in Monaco, he succeeded his grandfather, Louis II in 1950, as 26th ruling prince of the House of Grimaldi, which dates from 1297. In 1956 he married the film actress Grace Kelly, by whom he has a son, Prince Albert, born in 1958, heir presumptive to the throne of the principality, and two daughters, Princess Caroline, born in 1957, and Princess Stephanie, born in 1965. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries.

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