Ringling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Ringling family
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.
Early History of the Ringling family
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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.
Early Notables of the Ringling 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. 
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...
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Migration of the Ringling family to Ireland
Some of the Ringling 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.
Ringling migration to the United States +
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, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 
- Andr Friedr Ringling, who arrived in Texas in 1845 
- Cornelis Ringling, aged 52, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 
- Neeltje Ringling, aged 54, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 
Contemporary Notables of the name Ringling (post 1700) +
- Lester B. Ringling, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, 1935-40 
Related Stories +
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html