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What does Rankin mean?

Rankin Pronunciation of Rankin as a boys' name is of Old English and Celtic origin, and the meaning of Rankin is "little shield; Son of Francis". Surname found in Scotland and Ireland.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, little, shield (defender), surname, scotland, ireland (gaelic)


VARIANTS Rankine, Rankinn



Rankin Joziah (R.J.), ..

How popular is Rankin?

Rankin is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#1148 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Rankin has not been listed in the Top 2000 thus far. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rankin name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rankin outside U.S.

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