Ringlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ringlay was first used as a surname by the descendents of the Boernician clans of Scotland. The Ringlay family lived in a place near Stow Roxburghshire, called Hopringle or Pringle. As such, Ringlay is a habitation name, a category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The place name comes from the Old English word hop which referred to an "enclosed valley," and Prjónn, an Old Norse name comprised of components which mean peg and ravine. Thus, the original bearer of the surname came from an area noted for an enclosed valley or a ravine.

Early Origins of the Ringlay family

The surname Ringlay was first found in Roxburghshire, where the first Chief on record was Robert de Hoppryngil who witnessed a deed by King Alexander III of Scotland in 1250 A.D. Forty-six years later, Ellys Obringkel was Bishop of St. Andrews, and rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. His seal bore a hunting horn. About this time they acquired the Clan territories near Stow and they became close allies of the Black Douglases.

Early History of the Ringlay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ringlay research. Another 426 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1368, 1406, 1200, 1450, 1455, 1455, 1485, 1976, 1631, 1689, 1513, 1568, 1625, 1667, 1628, 1664, 1736, 1580 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Ringlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ringlay Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages simply spelled according to sound. The result is an enormous number of spelling variations among names that evolved in that era. Ringlay has been spelled Pringle, Pringell, Prindle, Hopringle and others.

Early Notables of the Ringlay family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was George Pringle (1631-1689), of Torwoodlee, eldest son of James Pringle of Torwoodlee. The Pringles of Torwoodlee, Selkirkshire, are descended from the Pringles of Snailholm, Roxburghshire, the first of the name being George, son of William Pringle of Snailholm who was killed at Flodden in 1513. This George Pringle was murdered in his own house by a party of Liddesdale reivers in 1568. [1] Walter Pringle (1625-1667), of Greenknowe, Berwickshire, Scottish Covenanter, was the third son of Robert Pringle, first of Stitchel, Roxburghshire. The Pringles of Stitchel were descended from the Hop Pringles of Craiglatch...
Another 124 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ringlay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Ringlay family to Ireland

Some of the Ringlay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 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 Ringlay family

Most of the Boernician-Scottish families who came to North America settled on the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States and Canada. Families who wanted a new order stayed south in the War of Independence, while those who were still loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, the ancestors of these families have gone on to rediscover their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ringlay or a variant listed above: John and William Pringle settled in Maryland in 1775; James Pringle settled in Jamaica in 1774; Capt. Pringle, 27th Regiment (Rogers Rangers) who was stationed in Ticonderoga and led an assault on Quebec in 1758. George Pringle settled in Philadelphia in 1774.



  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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