The western coast of Scotland
and the desolate Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the Rankinson family. Their name is derived from the personal name Randolph,
with the addition of the diminutive suffix -kin.
Early Origins of the Rankinson family
The surname Rankinson 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. " 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.
Early History of the Rankinson family
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Rankinson Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Rankinson has appeared in various documents spelled Rankin, Ranken, Ranking, Rankene, Rankine and others.
Early Notables of the Rankinson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rankinson family to Ireland
Some of the Rankinson 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.
Migration of the Rankinson family to the New World and Oceana
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 Rankinson 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..
The Rankinson 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.