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The illustrious surname Ruane is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Ruane is a place-name from in Rouen, the capital of Normandy. The surname was derived from the Viscountcy of Rohan, in Brittany, in France. As a local name, it could also have been derived from the local at the rowan which referred to a residence beside a rowan-tree. Habitation names were derived from the name of the town, village or hamlet where the person originally lived.

Ruane Early Origins



The surname Ruane was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Ruane Spelling Variations


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Ruane Spelling Variations



Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Roan, Rohan, Roohan, Rome, Rowan and others.

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Ruane Early History


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Ruane Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruane research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 169 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Ruane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruane Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruane Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruane In Ireland


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Ruane In Ireland



Some of the Ruane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 211 words (15 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



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Ruane, or a variant listed above:

Ruane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Auston Ruane, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • James Ruane, aged 11, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Helen Ruane, aged 16, who arrived in America, in 1896

Ruane Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Kate Ruane, aged 22, who arrived in America from Boglegram, Ireland, in 1906
  • John Ruane, aged 22, who arrived in America from Balla, Ireland, in 1907
  • Anne Ruane, aged 27, who arrived in America from Kiltemajh, Ireland, in 1907
  • Catherine Ruane, aged 27, who arrived in America from Swinford, Ireland, in 1908
  • Hary Ruane, aged 19, who arrived in America from Kelkelly, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ruane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Ruane, aged 34, a yeoman, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruane (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruane (post 1700)



  • Paul G. Ruane, former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • J. Michael Ruane (1927-2006), American politician
  • William J. Ruane (1925-2005), American Wall Street investment manager
  • John V. Ruane (1936-2006), American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey
  • Terry Ruane (b. 1946), English actor and director
  • Martin Austin Ruane (1946-1998), English professional wrestler of Irish descent
  • Tom Ruane, Captain of the Second Western Division of the Irish Republican Army, from 1916-1920
  • Christopher Shaun Ruane (b. 1958), Welsh Labour Party politician
  • Caitríona Ruane (b. 1962), Sinn Féin politician and a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Ruane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruane 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.

    This page was last modified on 20 March 2015 at 20:00.

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