Orendge is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Orendge 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
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 Orendge family
The surname Orendge 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 Orendge family
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Orendge Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Orange, Orenge, Orringe and others.
Early Notables of the Orendge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orendge family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Orendge or a variant listed above: 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..