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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English lange family come from? What is the English lange family crest and coat of arms? When did the lange family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the lange family history?

The name lange has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was considered long or tall. The name occurs in Old English charters as early as 972 A.D, as Aetheric thes langa. Of the many surnames in England, the surname lange is considered among etymologists to be one of the oldest. It belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. As a nickname surname lange could refer either directly or indirectly to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name lange have been found, including Lang, Lange, Laing, Layng and others.

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lange research. Another 375 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1357, 1394, and 1467 are included under the topic Early lange History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early lange Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the lange family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 146 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name lange, or a variant listed above:

lange Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Johann Lange came to St. Christopher in 1635
  • Jo Lange, aged 22, arrived in St Christopher in 1635

lange Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Michael Lange, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Conrad Lange came to Philadelphia in 1738
  • Jacob Lange, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • John G Lange, who landed in New York, NY in 1750
  • Georg Lange, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753


lange Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • A L Lange, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Joh Henr Lange, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Gertd Hinr Lange, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • John Philip Lange, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Johann Godfried Lange, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806


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  • Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), American photographer
  • Jessica Phyllis Lange (b. 1949), American stage and screen actress with 2 Academy Awards won and 6 nominations
  • Andrew E. Lange (1957-2010), American astrophysicist, shared the Balzan Prize in observational astronomy and astrophysics in 2006
  • Hope Elise Ross Lange (1933-2003), award-winning American stage, film, and television actress
  • Johnny Lange (1905-2006), American songwriter, author and publisher
  • Michael Lange (b. 1950), American television director and record producer
  • Brigadier-General Otto Frederick Lange (1891-1965), American Assistant G-3, Army Ground Forces (1943-1944)
  • Carl George Lange (1834-1900), Danish physician and psychologist
  • David Russell Lange (b. 1942), New Zealand politician and Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989
  • Christian Louis Lange (1869-1938), Norwegian historian, teacher, and political scientist and co-winner of the 1921 Nobel Peace Prize

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  • A Family History: Immigrant Ancestors from Ireland and Germany by George L. Williams.
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The lange Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lange Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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