The history of the Orringe family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Buckinghamshire
. The name, however, is a reference to Orange,
in the department of Mayenne, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Another derivation of the name suggests that it originated as a nickname
used to distinguish someone who was associated with the color orange, possibly through habitually dressing in the color. The two derivations are equally valid, but since time has obscured most records historians now disagree on which is appropriate in individual cases.
Early Origins of the Orringe family
The surname Orringe was first found in Buckinghamshire
, where they were granted lands for assisting William the Conqueror. The name is derived from the place named Orange in the département of Mayenne. King William III of England
, Prince of Orange has called historians attention to this area. William, Walter, Ralph and John Orenge were registered in Normandy
between 1180 and 1195.
Early History of the Orringe family
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Orringe Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Orange, Orenge, Orringe and others.
Early Notables of the Orringe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orringe family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Orringe or a variant listed above were: Sivillius Orange, who sailed to Virginia in 1664; Louiss Orange came to Jamestown Virginia in 1700 with his wife and child; Benjamin and William Orange sailed to Philadelphia in 1820..