Re: INFO: Ranick and Vujnovic
It just occured to me - you said your Nikola stayed in Gomirje?Is he burried there?If so, the name on his tombstone may be in cyrillic, which would explain why neither Robert nor I can find the surname RAHNH in these parts!I will e-mail you the possible spellings in cyrillic and you can tell me if they look like what is on the tombstone.
As for the Vujnovic Coat-of-Arms you can find the "new" one (dating from the 18th century) on http://arhaicum.comhttp://arhaicum.com .You'll have to give me some more time for the older one, however, as I cannot seem to find the drawing I had of it and my cousin (he is a Vujnovic from Montenegro) who has the Coat-of-Arms is currently doing research in Montenegro.The VUJNOVIC and VOJNOVIC families are actually the same family - somehow and for no aparent reason the name changed slightly but the root is definately the same.It derives from the typical Montenegrin Serbian male name VOJIN with the "ic'" ending meaning "son of".
Would you like my cousin to get in touch with you about the Vujnovic family?All I know about the family is that they are originally from Montenegro (where many of them still live, especially in the Kotor Bay area, like Zelenika and Herceg Novi), that they owned much of the land in that area and always had somewhat of a high social status (their Coat-of Arms dates from somewhere in the 15th century as I recall). I have more notes on the family, but my cousin could surely tell you much more before I even dig up those notes:)