Boernician people of ancient Scotland. The Ringley family lived in a place near Stow Roxburghshire, called Hopringle or Pringle. As such, Ringley 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 Ringley family
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 Ringley family
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Ringley 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. Ringley has been spelled Pringle, Pringell, Prindle, Hopringle and others.
Early Notables of the Ringley family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Sir Robert Pringle of Stitchill. Sir John Pringle (1707-82), Scottish physician and reformer, doctor to the Royal Family including King George III, the so-called "mad king" who has been called the "father of military medicine;" Also about this time, Thomas Pringle (1789-1834) Scottish...
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Migration of the Ringley family to Ireland
Some of the Ringley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ringley family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ringley or a variant listed above:
Ringley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Ringley (post 1700)
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