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

Rankins Early Origins



The surname Rankins 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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Rankins Spelling Variations


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Rankins Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Rankins has been spelled Rankin, Ranken, Ranking, Rankene, Rankine and others.

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Rankins Early History


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Rankins Early History



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

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Rankins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rankins Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Rankins In Ireland


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Rankins In Ireland



Some of the Rankins 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



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Rankinss to arrive on North American shores:

Rankins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Rankins, who landed in Virginia in 1646

Rankins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Rankins, who arrived in New England in 1719

Rankins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mella B. Rankins, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Jeannie Rankins, aged 20, who landed in America from Pollakshaws, in 1906
  • Basil Alexander Rankins, aged 19, who landed in America from Ilford, London, England, in 1915
  • John Rankins, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1922
  • John Rankins, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rankins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • C.P. Rankins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm

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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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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The Rankins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rankins 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.

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