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The surname Wrangell 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wrangell research. Another 310 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1100, 1277, 1474, 1560, 1587, 1613, 1643, 1653, 1676, 1680, 1740, 1784, 1805, 1848, 1864, 1877, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Wrangell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wrangell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wrangell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Wrangell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1872

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The Wrangell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wrangell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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