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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.

Rank Early Origins



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]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.

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Rank Spelling Variations


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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.

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Rank Early History


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Rank Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rank research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1600, 1629 and are included under the topic Early Rank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rank Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rank Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 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.

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Rank In Ireland


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Rank In Ireland



Some of the Rank family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Johan Philip Rank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729

Rank Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jos Rank, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Frederick H Rank, who arrived in Arkansas in 1880
  • Emil Rank, who landed in America in 1890

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rank (post 1700)


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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

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  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. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Rank Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rank 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2016 at 01:48.

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