Ranckin is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides
islands. It comes from the personal name Randolph,
with the addition of the diminutive suffix -kin.
Early Origins of the Ranckin family
The surname Ranckin was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
"There is a tradition of descent from one John, son of a knight called Jacob de Rankine, burgomaster of Ghent, who married a daughter of the head of the house of Keith, and became progenitor of the Rankines. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. This tradition is difficult to prove but was nevertheless authored by M. H. Rankin, Esq.
Early History of the Ranckin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ranckin research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1600, 1672, 1719, 1587, 1587, 1629 and are included under the topic Early Ranckin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ranckin Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland
. Ranckin has been spelled Rankin, Ranken, Ranking, Rankene, Rankine and others.
Early Notables of the Ranckin family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Lieutenant John Rankin (ca 1600s), British Royal Navy, eponym of Rankin Inlet, Canada.
Alexander Ramkins (c.1672-1719) was a Scottish adherent of James II, born... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ranckin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ranckin family to Ireland
Some of the Ranckin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ranckin family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ranckins to arrive in North America: Lawlin Rankin, who settled in Virginia in 1650; Andrew Rankin settled in New England
in 1651; Alexander Rankin settled in Boston in 1764; Alexander, Andrew, David, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Robert, Thomas and William Rankin all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870..
The Ranckin Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fortiter et recte
Motto Translation: Boldly and rightly.