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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Rankant family were born. Their name comes from the personal name Randolph, with the addition of the diminutive suffix -kin.

Rankant Early Origins



The surname Rankant 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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Rankant Spelling Variations


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Rankant Spelling Variations



In various documents Rankant has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Rankin, Ranken, Ranking, Rankene, Rankine and others.

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Rankant Early History


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Rankant Early History



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

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Rankant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rankant Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rankant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rankant In Ireland


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Rankant In Ireland



Some of the Rankant 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



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Rankant or a variant listed above include: 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..

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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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See Also


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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. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Rankant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rankant 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 11 January 2016 at 15:04.

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