The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Ranckyn is the personal name Randolph,
with the addition of the diminutive suffix -kin.
Early Origins of the Ranckyn family
The surname Ranckyn 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 Ranckyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ranckyn 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 Ranckyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ranckyn Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Ranckyn has appeared as Rankin, Ranken, Ranking, Rankene, Rankine and others.
Early Notables of the Ranckyn 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 Ranckyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ranckyn family to Ireland
Some of the Ranckyn 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 Ranckyn family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Ranckyn were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: 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 Ranckyn 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.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.