a name of rare occurrence. Cicero (Cic. Att. 12.21) speaks of a Ranius, who may have been a slave or a freedman of Brutus.
There was a L. Ranius Acontius Optatus, who was consul in the reign of Constantine, A. D. 334 (Fasti).
William Smith. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. London. John Murray: printed by Spottiswoode and Co., New-Street Square and Parliament Street. In the article on Soranus, we find: "at this present time (1848)" and this date seems to reflect the dates of works cited. 1873 - probably the printing date.