Last name origins & meanings:
- English, 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. In
part it may also have arisen as a nickname for a wearer of a ring.
- Scandinavian: from ring ‘ring’, probably an
ornamental name but possibly applied in the same sense as 3 or 1.
- German: topographic name from Middle High German, Middle Low
German rink, rinc ‘circle’.
- Irish (eastern
County Cork): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Rinn (see
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