Ring Family History
Ring Name Meaning
English Danish German and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a maker of rings (from Middle English ring Middle High German rinc Middle Dutch ring) either to be worn as jewelry or as component parts of chain-mail harnesses and other objects. It may also have arisen as a nickname for a wearer of a ring. This name (of German origin) is also found in Slovenia and in Czechia. Compare English Ringer and German Rink . Norwegian: variant of Ringen . German: topographic name from Middle High German Middle Low German rink rinc ‘circle’ for someone who lived at a square or market place; or a nickname for a quick or slight small person from Middle High German ringe ‘quick nimble; small not noteworthy’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Rinn ‘descendant of Reann’ a personal name possibly derived from reann ‘spear’. Irish: from Mac Bhroin; see McCrann .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press