Show ContentsLoranger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scotland, with its skirl of bagpipes and colorful tartans is the homeland of the noble surname Loranger. In Scotland, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Loranger family originally lived in the French province of Lorraine, before moving to England and Scotland, where the name was passed down through many generations.

"Lorrain is the name of a French ducal family who held the province of Lorraine continuously from the 11th century to 1740." [1]

Early Origins of the Loranger family

The surname Loranger was first found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kirk Hall. These estates were apparently obtained by the marriage of the Knight of Loraine to the del Strother heiress.

Another early record of the family in England was Geoffrey le Lohareng who was found in Staffordshire in the Pipe Rolls of 1158-1159. A few years later, Dauit le Loreng was listed in the Feet of Fines for Norfolk in 1197 and Thomas Loring was listed in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1280. [2]

While the family was established in England in early times, the family rose to great prominence and popularity in Scotland. "Roger Loren, the first of the name in Scotland, witnessed an agreement between the Chapter of Moray and Sir Alan Durward, 1233. Dominus Roger de Loranger witnessed a charter by Morgrund, son of Abbe, c. 1239. The -or is merely a flourish over the g mistaken by the copyist for -or. Roger Lohering was juror on an inquest, 1244, concerning the behavior of certain Scottish knights charged with being accomplices of William de Marisco and other enemies of the king of England, accused of piracy in the Irish sea. Eustache de Loneyne and others were in 1333 directed by Edward III to survey the Castle of Berwick." [3]

Early History of the Loranger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loranger research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1354, 1358, 1361, 1563, 1590, 1603, 1608, 1624, 1625, 1634, 1657, 1680, 1692, 1698, 1699, 1710, 1719 and 1883 are included under the topic Early Loranger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Loranger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Loraine, Loraigne, Lorain, Loran, Lorane, Loreygne, Lorrain, Lorrane, Loren, Lorren, Lorraigne, Lorraine and many more.

Early Notables of the Loranger family

Notable among the family at this time was Henry II (1563-1624), known as "the Good (le Bon)", the Duke of Lorraine from 1608 until his death; Nicole de Lorraine (1608-1657), Duchess of Lorraine and Bar from (1624-1625), and Duchess consort in (1625-1634) daughter of Henry II, Duke of Lorraine. Paul Lorrain (died 1719) was for twenty-two years was the secretary, translator, and copyist for Samuel Pepys, Ordinary of Newgate Prison in September 1698. " He was educated at neither of the English universities, but describes himself as presbyter of the church of England. He was appointed ordinary of Newgate prison in September...
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Loranger Ranking

In the United States, the name Loranger is the 16,853rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Loranger is ranked the 989th most popular surname. [5]

Migration of the Loranger family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Lyman Lorain who settled in Virginia in 1635; James William Lorraine landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840; Thomas Loran settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1871..

Contemporary Notables of the name Loranger (post 1700) +

  • Delbert "Del" Loranger (1920-2003), American professional basketball player and coach
  • Françoise Loranger (1913-1995), Canadian playwright, radio producer, theatrical writer and feminist from Saint-Hilaire, Quebec

The Loranger 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: Lauro resurgo
Motto Translation: I rise again with laurel.

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec, on Facebook