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The ancient roots of the Ringling family are found in the Scottish-English border region where the ancestors of the name Ringling lived among the people of the Boernician tribe. The Ringling family lived in a place near Stow Roxburghshire, called Hopringle or Pringle. As such, Ringling 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.

Ringling Early Origins



The surname Ringling 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.

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Ringling Spelling Variations


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Ringling Spelling Variations



Since medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, and since there were no consistent rules for the translation of rules from Gaelic to English, spelling variations are extremely common in Boernician names of this vintage. Ringling has been spelled Pringle, Pringell, Prindle, Hopringle and others.

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Ringling Early History


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Ringling Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ringling research. Another 664 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1368, 1406, 1450, 1455, 1485, 1707, 1789, and 1834 are included under the topic Early Ringling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ringling Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ringling Early Notables (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...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ringling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ringling In Ireland


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Ringling In Ireland



Some of the Ringling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 70 words (5 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



Many of the Boernician-Scottish families who crossed the Atlantic settled along the eastern seaboard in communities that would become the backbone of the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. In the War of Independence, American families that remained loyal to the Crown moved north into Canada and became known as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestral culture of all of these proud Scottish families remains alive in North America in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Ringling or a variant listed above:

Ringling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christofle Ringling, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782
  • Carl Ringling, who landed in America in 1783

Ringling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Ringling, aged 40, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Andr Friedr Ringling, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Cornelis Ringling, aged 52, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Neeltje Ringling, aged 54, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ringling (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ringling (post 1700)



  • Lester B. Ringling, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, 1935-40

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ringling Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ringling 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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