Rankin Family History Project
Richardson Surname Motto: "Virtute acquiritur honos"
Translation: "Courage brings honor"
Definition: Son of Richard, meaning
"Strong king" or "Honorable and brave"
The name "Richard" has Germanic roots, but was introduced to England by the Normans. The surname "Richardson" was more common in the north, particularly in Yorkshire and Scotland. A number of variations on this name exist, including Dickson, Dixon, Dickens and Higgins.
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The Rankin Family History Project began in 1997 with a simple 3 generation family chart. When our grandmother found out we were researching our family tree, she loaned us her copy of Maryland Catholics on the Frontier by Timothy J. O'Rourke which helped us discover our St. Louis & Perry County roots. We are also doing research in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
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