32,195 RANKIN members around the world
Stay informed about RANKIN Family online & offline events!
See our recent family gatherings
RANKIN Family HistoryThis long-established surname is of early medieval English and Scottish origin, and was developed from the medieval male given name "Rankin", a diminutive form of the given name "Rand(e)", with the hypocoristic suffix "-kin". Rand itself is a short form of any of the various (originally) Germanic compound personal names with the first element "rand" (shield) rim, such as Randolf, with the second element "wolf", wolf. The diminutive form of the name is first recorded in Scotland, where Rankin de Fowlartoun is mentioned in Charters of the Royal Borough of Ayr in 1429. Early examples of the surname include: Reginald Ranekyn (1296, Sussex); Ralph Rankin (1301, Yorkshire); John Randekyn (1381, Suffolk); and in Scotland, John Rankyne, burgess of Glasgow in 1456...
Who have we missed?
Tell us about any famous RANKIN (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!
Join the conversation with the RANKIN tribe
- Find your RANKIN ancestor
- Tell us about your RANKIN Family
- Tell us about your RANKIN ancestors
- Ask a question about the RANKIN history
- Leave a message for RANKIN family members
Invite more RANKIN family members!
Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the RANKIN tribe.
Family Coat of Arms Generator
Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?Create Crest