islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Romkey family. Their name comes from the personal name Randolph,
with the addition of the diminutive suffix -kin.
Early Origins of the Romkey family
The surname Romkey 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 Romkey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Romkey research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1600, 1629 and are included under the topic Early Romkey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Romkey Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Romkey has been written as Rankin, Ranken, Ranking, Rankene, Rankine and others.
Early Notables of the Romkey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Romkey family to Ireland
Some of the Romkey 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 Romkey family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Romkey or a variant listed above: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Romkey (post 1700)
- John Romkey, American computer engineer who co-developed the first in the industry TCP/IP stack for IBM PC in 1983
- Michael Romkey, American newspaper editor and author, best known for his vampire novels
- Gordon Emerson Romkey (1885-1977), Canadian merchant and politician who represented Lunenburg in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1928 to 1953, Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1940-1953)
The Romkey 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.