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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wrangel, Wrangell, Wrangle, Wrang, Wrange, Wrana, Wrangen and many more.

First found in Westphalia, where chronicles record them as early as the year 1000. There they were closely identified in the mediaeval period with the feudal society of the northern regions, and would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention Diderich Wrange of Cologne in Westphalia around the year 1135. Chronicles also mention Johann Wrangere of Hamburg as early as 1252.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wrangell research. Another 310 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1100, 1277, 1474, 1560, 1587, 1613, 1643, 1653, 1676, 1680, 1740, 1784, 1805, 1848, 1864, 1877, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Wrangell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 66 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wrangell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wrangell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Wrangell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1872

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  2. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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  7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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The Wrangell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wrangell 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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