Runkle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Runkle family

The surname Runkle was first found in Lancashire. One of the first records of the family was found in the year 1246 when Alan de Runacres held estates in that shire. "The Renacres family have been mentioned; they appear to have been closely related to the lords of the manor [of Bickerstaffe], and on one occasion 'put in their claim' at a settlement of the family estates. From cases cited above it appears that Stephen de Renacres was a prominent personage in Bickerstaffe about 1290, and that he was succeeded by his son Simon, who occurs in the reign of Edward II. In 1348 Richard, son of Simon de Renacres, granted to his father a rent of 2s. 4d. issuing from lands in Bickerstaffe, and in 1391-2 Ellen (Walsh), the widow of Richard de Renacres of Bickerstaffe, granted to Hugh le Spencer of Ormskirk certain lands which had come to her after the death of her husband." [1]

Early History of the Runkle family

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Runkle Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Runkle family (pre 1700)

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Runkle Ranking

In the United States, the name Runkle is the 9,909th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Runkle migration to the United States +

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 [3]
Runkle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G Runkle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • M Runkle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Cornelius Runkle, aged 24, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 [3]
  • Katherine Runkle, aged 25, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Runkle (post 1700) +

  • Bertha Runkle (1879-1958), American novelist and playwright from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey; her first and best known novel "The Helmet of Navarre," was made into a Broadway play
  • Theadora Van Runkle (1928-2011), born Dorothy Schweppe, an American costume designer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, member of the Schweppes beverage family
  • Nathan Runkle (b. 1984), American animal rights advocate, founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals
  • Benjamin Piatt Runkle (1836-1916), American officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, one of the seven founders of Sigma Chi fraternity, Chief Superintendent of Freedmen's Affairs in Kentucky, plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Runkle v. United States
  • John Daniel Runkle (1822-1902), American educator and mathematician, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1870-1879)
  • William Runkle, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Sussex County, 1798 [4]
  • R. E. Runkle, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1860 [4]

  1. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online [accessed 21 January 2017].
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  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook