Origin of the Name Rankin
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Rankin
include Ranken, Rankine and Rankinson. This name is usually of Scottish and Irish origin and is a form of the name Randolph. When of Scottish origin the name Rankin is part of the Scottish clan Maclean of Coll. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. The home of the Rankins was Ayrshire where persons of the name were small proprietors before the end of the sixteenth century. An early record of the name refers to a John Rankyne who was Burgess of Glasgow in the year 1456. A Peter Rankyne of the Scheild is recorded as a witness in Kilmarnock in the year 1504. Part of the family were planted in Ulster in Ireland where they appear in records there as early as the seventeenth century in the Parish of Artea, County Tyrone. An inquisition in the year 1629 records that a William Rankin held lands at Magherybeg in County Donegal.
The Rankin coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Rankin descendants.