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Early Origins of the Range family

The surname Range was first found in Champagne, where the family was established in Rangecourt, a village in the department of Haute-Marne, in the district of Chaumont.

The members of the family also branched to other regions, where several of them distinguished themselves. The branch Rangeard was established in a village in Pas-de-Calais, in the district of Arras.

Pierre Rangeard, a historian, was born in Angers in 1692, the son of a shoemaker. He was a priest in the parish of Saint-Maurice of Angers, and then state prosecutor for Anjou until his death in 1726. Several of his works are located in the library in Angers.

François Ranger, son of Pierre and Marguerite (née Fortin), was born in at Rivières-des-Prairies, Quebec in 1704. His first marriage was to Marie-Anne Biroleau, daughter of Pierre and Anne, on 15th October 1725. He married again on 28th August 1730 to Madeleine Lauzon, daughter of Gilles and Marie-Anne. His third and final marriage was to Marie-Joseph Proulx, daughter of Joseph and Marie-Joseph, on 7th January 1734. François and Marie-Joseph had one daughter together, Josephte Ranger, who was born on 8th November 1734. [1]

Early History of the Range family

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Range Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Range, Ranger, Rangier, Rangeon, Rangot, Ranjon, Rangeard and many more.

Early Notables of the Range family

Notable amongst the family during this period was

  • Rangier, a cardinal, and Pierre Rangeard, a historian

Range Ranking

In the United States, the name Range is the 6,789th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]

United States Range migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Range Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Range, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [3]
  • Elizabeth Range, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [3]
Range Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martin Range, who arrived in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Bernhard Range, who landed in New York, NY in 1782 [3]

Australia Range migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Range Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Range, (b. 1826), aged 22, English publican who was convicted in Little Walsingham, Norfolk, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, he died in 1871 whilst bathing [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Range (post 1700) +

  • Harald Range (1948-2018), German jurist and was Attorney General of Germany (2001-2015)

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook