Early Origins of the Rankill family
The surname Rankill was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1086 when Raunchil held estates in the West Riding.
Early History of the Rankill family
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Rankill Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Rankill have been found, including Rankill, Ramsgill, Ramgill, Ramgell, Rankle, Ramkle and many more.
Early Notables of the Rankill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rankill family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Rankill, or a variant listed above: Sabastian Rankle, who was on record in New York in 1852.