Hangre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hangre is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Hangre in the county of Hampshire.

There are two other origins of the name. Firstly, it may also have been an occupational name derived from the Middle English word "hangere" for a "hangman." [1] Secondly, the name could have been derived from the Old English word "hangra," meaning ‘Dweller by the wood on a steep hillside.’ [1] [2]

The latter origin is by far the strongest as most sources note this origin instead of the occupational entry above. We include another quote to underscore this point. "A wooded declivity. The high part to the south-west consists of a vast hill of chalk, rising three hundred feet above the village; and it is divided into a sheep down, the high wood, and a long hanging wood called the HANGER." [3]

Early Origins of the Hangre family

The surname Hangre was first found in Hampshire, where Hangere (with no forename) was listed at Winton in 1148. Later the Assize Rolls of Norfolk included a listing for Roger Hangeman in 1310. [1]

The Close Rolls list Richard atte Hanger, 6 Henry IV (during the 6th year of King Henry IV's reign.)

Early History of the Hangre family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hangre research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1643, 1762, 1824 and 1762 are included under the topic Early Hangre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hangre Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hangre are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hangre include: Hanger, Hangre, Anger, Angre and others.

Early Notables of the Hangre family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hangre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hangre family to Ireland

Some of the Hangre family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hangre family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hangre or a variant listed above: Richard Hanger who sailed to Somers Islands in 1673; Elizabeth Anger to Virginia in 1723; Nicholas Anger to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1736; John Hanger to Philadelphia in 1797.



The Hangre Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Artes Honorabit
Motto Translation: He will do honour to the arts.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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