Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Brought to You by the Letter R

Join ABC Wednesday for some fun with words.

R is for Rankin, my maiden name.  Unfortunately, my sister and I, and a few female cousins are the last of the Rankins.  Our name will not be carried on to a new generation.  I had one male cousin with the last name Rankin, but he never married and has already passed on.

The name Rankin traces its roots back to medieval times from England, Scotland, and Ireland.  My ancestors came mostly from Ireland.

The name Rankin was a combination of the name Randolph (the Ran part of it) and the suffix kin.  Rankin settlers began arriving in the United States in 1650.  The first Rankins in the US settled in Virginia and New England.

I'm proud of my heritage and my maiden name.  I wish it could go on, but it just didn't work out that way.


  1. That is interesting. I will have to look the story of my own last name.

  2. Ahh thats i little sad... but still interesting entry though.

    My name will last a while longer... my born name that is... my married name will go on through my son

    Have a nice abc-day/ - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ <abc-w-team)

  3. I find history and names to be so interesting.
    Fascinating how the two parts of your name were put together.

  4. Interesting background to your family name.
    There was a church nearby where I used to live called The Rankin Memorial Church, It is now apartments for retired people.
    I'm not sure of it's origins but I shall have look and see if I can find out more about it,
    I shall let you know,
    Until then,
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  5. Sad to hear your name won't carry into the next generation but how cool that you have the history of it. I should check into mine. Mine will carry for a little while. I was bestowed with two sisters however my father's brother had four sons who all have three and four sons of their own. I kept my maiden name but obviously my children will be under their Father's and his name will never ever ever end. It is a Very Very popular name. If you decide to come see mine I am going to add the link so it doesn't get lost in the bloggyness of my day. http://www.mariasspace.com/2015/11/abc-oh-rats-unlikely-pet-friends.html

  6. I have one daughter. My father was an only child, so unless she "keeps" her name, my line may end.


  7. How neat you found out! I didn't want my mother's name to die out, so I took it on as my artist name:)


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