Rank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Rank family. Their name comes from the personal name Randolph, with the addition of the diminutive suffix -kin.

Early Origins of the Rank family

The surname Rank 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. " [1] This tradition is difficult to prove but was nevertheless authored by M. H. Rankin, Esq.

Early History of the Rank family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rank 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 Rank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rank Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Rank has been written as Rankin, Ranken, Ranking, Rankene, Rankine and others.

Early Notables of the Rank 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 Rank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Rank family to Ireland

Some of the Rank 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.

United States Rank migration to the United States +

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rank or a variant listed above:

Rank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Barbara Rank, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [2]
  • Johan Philip Rank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729 [2]
Rank Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jos Rank, aged 27, who arrived in Missouri in 1848 [2]
  • Frederick H Rank, who arrived in Arkansas in 1880 [2]
  • Emil Rank, who landed in America in 1890 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rank (post 1700) +

  • Wallace Aliifua Rank (b. 1958), American former professional basketball player
  • Joseph Rank (1854-1943), the founder of Rank Hovis McDougall, one of the United Kingdom's largest flour-milling businesses
  • Otto Rank (1884-1939), Austrian psychoanalyst, writer, teacher and therapist
  • Joseph Arthur Rank (1888-1972), English film magnate
  • Rank O. Dawson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1972 [3]

The Rank 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.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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