Strang History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Strang is derived from a nickname in the Old French. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demi-gods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends that portrayed animals behaving as humans. The Old French nickname Strang, meant "stranger." Nicknames come from the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames. They were adopted from a variety of sources including, physical characteristics, behaviour, mannerisms, and other personal attributes. Strang would have been given to someone who was new in the village or parish. In the Middle Ages, the vast majority of people never traveled any more than thirty miles or so from the place of their birth. Travel and emigration was reserved for the nobility, by and large. The surname Strang was derived from the Old French word estrange, which meant foreign. This is a name associated with the Bretons, a culture from the peninsula of Brittany, in the northwest of France. Formerly known as Armorica, a possession of the Roman Empire, this land consists of a plateau with a deeply indented coast and is broken by hills in the west. However, the region was renamed Britannia Minor by the Romans, following the emigration of six thousand Britons across the English Channel, an event which took place at the behest of the Roman Commander in Britain.

Early Origins of the Strang family

The surname Strang was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Pevell's Castle in the peak of Derbyshire. Guido le Strange, son of the Duke of Brittany was present at a joust with Owen, Prince of Wales and the Scottish Prince. Guido le Strange was ancestor of the various baronial houses of L'Strange and Strange. "The church [in Wellesbourn-Hastings in Warwickshire] is partly Norman, and partly in the early English style, with a tower of later character, and contains a monument to the memory of Sir Thomas le Strange, lord-lieutenant of Ireland in the reign of Henry VI." [1]

Roger Le Strange (died 1311), was an early English jurist, "a descendant of Guy Le Strange, who is thought to have been a younger son of Hoel II, Duke of Brittany (1066-1084). He was sheriff of Yorkshire during the last two years of the reign of Henry III, and the first two of that of Edward I. " [2]

Early History of the Strang family

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Strang Spelling Variations

The Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, and therefore, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Strange, Strang and others.

Early Notables of the Strang family (pre 1700)

Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Fulk le Strange, 1st Baron Strange of Blackmere (1267-1324); John le Strange, 2nd Baron Strange of Blackmere (1305-1349); Fulk le Strange, 3rd Baron Strange of Blackmere (1320-1349); John le Strange, 4th Baron Strange of Blackmere (1332-1361); and John le Strange, 5th Baron Strange of Blackmere (1353-1375.) Richard Strange (1611-1682) was an English Jesuit, born in Northumberland in 1611, entered the Society of Jesus in 1631, and was professed...
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Ireland Migration of the Strang family to Ireland

Some of the Strang family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Strang migration to the United States +

Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Strang family to immigrate North America:

Strang Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Strang, who settled in Nevis in 1660
  • Tho Strang, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [3]
  • Mary Strang, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [3]
  • Susan Strang, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [3]
  • Christian Strang, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [3]
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Strang Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Caleb and Maria Strang, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
Strang Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Strang, who landed in New York in 1801 [3]
  • James Strang, who arrived in America in 1830 [3]
  • William French Strang, who arrived in North Carolina in 1840 [3]
  • G B Strang, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
Strang Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Morrison Strang, who landed in Wisconsin in 1910 [3]

Canada Strang migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Strang Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jesse Strang U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]

Australia Strang migration to Australia +

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

Strang Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Strang, aged 44, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [5]
  • Matthew Strang, aged 28, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [5]
  • William Strang, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

New Zealand Strang 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:

Strang Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Strang, who landed in Wairarapa, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Rodger Strang, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • Robert Rodger Strang, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Susan Douglas Strang, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Mr. Robert R. Strang, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" arriving in Port Nicholson, (Wellington Harbour), New Zealand on 20th February 1840 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Strang (post 1700) +

  • James Jesse Strang (1813-1856), American religious leader, politician, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite)
  • William Gilbert "Gil" Strang (1934-1955), American mathematician, Rhodes Scholar (1955)
  • Gordon "Cocker" Strang (b. 1909), Australian rules footballer
  • John Strang (1795-1863), Scottish author of ‘Glasgow and its Clubs,’ the son of a wine merchant in Glasgow
  • David Strang (b. 1968), British gold medalist middle distance runner at the 1994 European Indoor Championships in Athletics
  • William John "Bill" Strang CBE Ph.D FREng FRAeS, FRS (1921-1999), British aerospace engineer
  • Blair Strang (b. 1972), New Zealand actor
  • William Strang (1859-1921), Scottish painter and engraver
  • Bryan Colin Strang (b. 1972), Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Gavin Steel Strang (b. 1943), British politician, former Minister of State for Transport
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  • Alfred Strang (1915-1941), German Maschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  7. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook
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