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Where did the English Runkle family come from? What is the English Runkle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Runkle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Runkle family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Runacres, Runacus, Ruynacres, Runagle, Runeckles, Runecles, Runicles, Runnackles, Runnacles, Runnagall, Runneckles, Runnicles, Renacres, Rennacres and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1246 when Alan de Runacres held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Runkle research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Runkle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Runkle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Runkle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Runkle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Runkle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • G Runkle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M Runkle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Cornelius Runkle, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
  • Katherine Runkle, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1852

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  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Runkle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Runkle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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