The name Orenge came to England
with the ancestors of the Orenge family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Orenge 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 Orenge family
The surname Orenge 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 Orenge family
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Orenge Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Orange, Orenge, Orringe and others.
Early Notables of the Orenge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orenge family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Orenge 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..