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Runner Coat of Arms / Runner Family Crest

Runner Coat of Arms / Runner Family Crest

This Swiss surname of RUNNER is a corruption of the name Ronning which was of the locational group of surnames meaning 'the dweller at the rowan-tree' from residence nearby. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole counties. The name is also spelt RONNER, RONNING, RUNNING and RUNNERS. A notable member of the name mentions Lois Ring RONNING, born 7th February, 1897. As a Librarian his appointments included Assistant Librarian (1936-44); Head Librarian from 1945 at The Minot, North Dakota Public Library; Supervisor of the Ward County Mobile Library, 1960 and Member of the National Council of the American Library Association for North Dakota. During the Reformation, Switzerland was not affected by the religious strife that devastated most of Europe; cities such as Geneva were in the middle of the Reformation and John Calvin became prominent as a Protestant reformer, founding Protestantism. Many people of Swiss origin emigrated from there to seek their fortune in other parts of the world. In the United States they particularly populated the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Texas and California. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.


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