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Where did the English Runkle family come from? What is the English Runkle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Runkle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Runkle 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 Runkle research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Runkle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Runkle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Runkle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Runkle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • G Runkle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M Runkle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Cornelius Runkle, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
  • Katherine Runkle, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1852

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Runkle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Runkle 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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