Gange History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gange family

The surname Gange was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1205 when Thomas Geg held estates.

Early History of the Gange family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gange research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1455, 1487, 1508, 1570, 1530, 1500 and 1572 are included under the topic Early Gange History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gange Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Gange include Gedge, Gidge, Gigg, Gegg, Ginge, Genge and others.

Early Notables of the Gange family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Margaret Giggs (1508-1570), birth name of Margaret Clement or Clements, understood to be one of the most educated women of the Tudor era. Born in Norfolk, her father was a gentleman but enlisted the aid of Sir Thomas More, who brought her up from a child with his own daughters. In 1530, she...
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United States Gange migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Gange were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Gange Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Louis Gange, who landed in America in 1783 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gange (post 1700) +

  • Edwin Stanley Gange (1871-1944), English merchant and Liberal politician, Member of Parliament for Bristol North (1918-1922)
  • Thomas Gange (1891-1947), English cricketer who played for Gloucestershire between 1913 and 1920
  • Ray Gange (b. 1957), English former actor from London, best known for his portrayal of the roadie who starred in the film Rude Boy
  • Toni Gänge (b. 1988), German footballer


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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