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Early Origins of the Rangel family

The surname Rangel was first found in Westphalia, where chronicles record them as early as the year 1000. There they were closely identified in the mediaeval period with the feudal society of the northern regions, and would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention Diderich Wrange of Cologne in Westphalia around the year 1135. Chronicles also mention Johann Wrangere of Hamburg as early as 1252.

Early History of the Rangel family

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Rangel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wrangel, Wrangell, Wrangle, Wrang, Wrange, Wrana, Wrangen and many more.

Early Notables of the Rangel family

Notables of the period with the name Rangel were

  • members of the Wrangel military family who served in the Swedish, Russian, and Prussian forces. Friedrich Heinrich Wrangel (1784-1877) was a Prussian general field marshal who served with distinction...
  • one of his descendants, Peter Wrangel (1878-1928), was a Russian general who fought with determination against the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War

Rangel Ranking

In the United States, the name Rangel is the 1,040th most popular surname with an estimated 29,844 people with that name. [1]

United States Rangel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rangel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Vicente Rangel, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1842 [2]
  • Jose Rangel, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rangel (post 1700) +

  • Irma Rangel (1931-2003), American politician, Member of the Texas House of Representatives
  • Leyla Rangel (b. 1976), Latin American voice actress
  • Avelino Méndez Rangel (1958-2021), Mexican politician from the Party of the Democratic Revolution; he died from COVID-19
  • José Vicente Rangel Vale (1929-2020), Venezuelan politician and journalist, 21st Vice President of Venezuela (2002-2007)
  • Charles B. Rangel (b. 1930), American politician, Democratic member of the USA House of Representatives since 1971
  • Julio César Lorenzini Rangel (b. 1977), Mexican politician and lawyer
  • Leonel Godoy Rangel (b. 1950), Mexican lawyer, politician and elected governor of Michoacán in 2008
  • Godofredo Rangel (1884-1951), Brazilian writer
  • Esdras Rangel (b. 1977), Mexican professional footballer
  • Beatriz Paredes Rangel (b. 1953), Mexican politician affiliated to the Institutional Revolutionary Party
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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) on Facebook