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Where did the English Runkel family come from? What is the English Runkel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Runkel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Runkel family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Runacres, Runacus, Ruynacres, Runagle, Runeckles, Runecles, Runicles, Runnackles, Runnacles, Runnagall, Runneckles, Runnicles, Renacres, Rennacres and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1246 when Alan de Runacres held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Runkel research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Runkel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Runkel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Runkel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johannes Runkel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • John Runkel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772

Runkel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Sophie Runkel, aged 60, landed in New York, NY in 1848

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Runkel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Runkel 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 11 October 2012 at 13:29.

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