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The name Orange reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Orange family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Orange family 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 of England 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.


The surname Orange 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.

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Orange, Orenge, Orringe and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orange research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1296 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Orange History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Orange name or one of its variants:

Orange Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sivillius Orange, who sailed to Virginia in 1664
  • Sivillius Orange, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Orange Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Louiss Orange came to Jamestown Virginia in 1700 with his wife and child
  • Louiss Orange, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700
  • Henry Orange, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750

Orange Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin and William Orange sailed to Philadelphia in 1820
  • Luis Orange, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1848

Orange Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Orange, English Convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Elizabeth G. Orange, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"

Orange Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Orange arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • William Orange arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • Albert Orange arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861

  • Vincent Orange (b. 1957), American politician
  • Rhasaan Orange (b. 1975), American actor
  • Leroy Orange (b. 1950), American citizen pardoned after wrongful murder conviction
  • James Orange (1942-2008), American civil rights activist
  • Robert Orange (1926-2007), Canadian politician and economist
  • Jason Orange (b. 1970), British singer and Take That member
  • Vincent Orange (b. 1935), British-born New Zealand historian, best known for his military biographies
  • Dame Claudia Joseph Orange DNZM, OBE (b. 1938), New Zealand historian

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    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    The Orange Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Orange 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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