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Spelling variations of this family name include: Runciman, Runcie, Runcieman, Runchman, Runcy and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat since the arrival of their Norman ancestors with Duke William the Conqueror in 1066. The name, being of Norman origin comes from an Old French word: "roncin," meaning "workhorse." Undoubtedly of occupational origin, the name was probably given to someone who tended to workhorses. Another possibility is that it was given to a "workhorse" of a person, ie one who did hard physical labor for a living.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Runcy research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1276, 1697, 1736, 1744, 1766, and 1785 are included under the topic Early Runcy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Runcy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John T. Runcie, who arrived in New York in 1840; James Runciman, who came to Michigan sometime between 1845 and 1848; John Runciman, who settled in Ohio in 1851.

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