In historic sources the name of Ranka first reffered in 1528. In 1935 Ranka’s parish area was 188,82 km2 and 3213 inhabitants lived there. In 1945 in the parish Azanda’s, Ranka’s and Reveli village councils were created, but the parish was removed in 1949. 

Ranka village formed part in Gaujiena (1949-1956), Smiltene (1956-1959) and Gulbene (after 1959) areas. Remowed Reveli and Azanda villages were added to Ranka village in 1954. In 1990 the village was reorganized as parish. In 2009 Ranka parish was included in Gulbene district as an administrative territory.

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