Ranger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ranger family

The surname Ranger 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 Ranger family

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Ranger Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Ranger family (pre 1700)

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United States Ranger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ranger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Ranger, who settled in Barbados in 1656
  • Philip Ranger, who arrived in Barbados in 1664
  • Edmund Ranger, who landed in Massachusetts in 1671 [2]
  • Edmund Ranger, who settled in Massachusetts in 1671
  • James Ranger, who arrived in Virginia in 1688
Ranger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomison Ranger, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Job Ranger, a bonded emigrant who settled in Virginia in 1744
  • Isabella Ranger, who was deported to America in 1766
  • Luke Ranger, who settled in Maryland in 1768
Ranger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Ranger, aged 16, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1844 [2]
  • Joh Garb Rudolph ranger, who landed in America in 1845 [2]

Canada Ranger migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ranger Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Robert Ranger, who married Anne Girardin in Lachine, Quebec in 1686
  • Hubert Ranger, son of Pierre and Jeanne, who married Anne Girardin, daughter of Léonard and Charlotte, in Lachine, Quebec on 30th July 1686 [3]
  • Pierre Ranger, who married Marguerite Fortin in Quebec City in 1692
Ranger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Ranger, who married Anne-Geneviève in Bout-de-l'Ile, Quebec in 1723
  • Pierre Ranger, son of Hubert and Anne, who married Anne-Geneviève Brisebois, daughter of Jean-François and Cunégonde, in Bout-de-l'île, Quebec on 31st March 1723 [3]
  • Thomas Ranger, son of Hubert and Anne, who married Marie-Anne Tabeau, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Pointe-Claire, Quebec on 21st November 1725 [3]
  • Joseph Ranger, son of Hubert and Anne, who married Suzanne Sauvé, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Bout-de-l'île, Quebec on 20th October 1726 [3]
  • Paul Ranger, son of Hubert and Anne, who married Marie-Anne Merlot, daughter of Joachim and Jeanne, in Bout-de-l'île, Quebec on 5th May 1732 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Ranger migration to Australia +

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

Ranger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Ranger, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [4]

New Zealand Ranger migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ranger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Ranger, aged 30, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Ann Ranger, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Henry Ranger, aged 2, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Charlotte Ranger, aged 8 months, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Robert Ranger, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ranger (post 1700) +

  • Richard Howland Ranger (1899-1962), American electrical engineer and inventor, who an Oscar in 1956 for his work in the synchronization of film and sound
  • Jean-Louis Ranger, French paymaster, Bussière-Poitevine
  • Paul Ranger (b. 1984), Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Rene Ranger (b. 1986), rugby union player from New Zealand
  • Nilos "Nile" Ranger (b. 1991), English footballer
  • Andrew Ranger (b. 1986), Canadian racing driver driving in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
  • Louis D Ranger, Canadian Professor of Music at the University of Victoria, Canada

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Thomas G. Ranger, aged 29, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 1 [5]


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  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)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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