The Range surname is found under Soundex Code R520. Most Range immigrants were from Germany and settled first in Tennessee and later Illinois. There are also variations of the Range surname in France.
Names found under Soundex Code #520 include RAINES, RAINS, RAMAGE, RAMOS, RAMSAY, RAMSEY, RANGE, RANGES, RANSE, REAMS, REINECKE, REINKE, REMICK, RENCH, RENICK, RENSHAW, RENWICK, RENZ, RENZA, RHAMES, RHYMES, RINCK, RING, RINKS, ROMACK, ROMIG,RUMSEY, RUNGE, and RYMES.
Origin and Meaning of the Range surname
Range is a German nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range, meaning ‘naughty boy’, or ‘urchin.’ It is also a German variant of Rang. From Old French comes renge, meaning ‘belt worn for battle’, with a wider sense in Middle French of ‘rein’ or ‘strap’ which was an occupational name for a maker of such articles.
Early examples of the Range name
French spelling variations of this family name include: Range, Ranger, Rangier, Rangeon, Rangot, Ranjon, Rangeard and many more.
First found in Champagne, where the family was established in Rangecourt, a village in the department of Haute-Marne, in the district of Chaumont.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Ranger, who married Anne Girardin in Lachine in 1686; Pierre Ranger, who married Marguerite Fortin in Quebec City in 1692; Pierre Ranger, who married Anne-Geneviève in Bout-de-l’Ile in 1723.
Early Range Immigrants
One hundred twenty-seven Range families immigrated to the US from Germany, 24 from Preussen, 9 from Mecklenburg, 7 from England, 5 from Fringhausen, and 5 from Ireland between 1852 and 1886.
Range is the 9,795 most numerous surname in the United States.
Range is an uncommon surname in the United States. When the United States Census was taken in 2000, there were about 3,048 individuals with the last name “Range,” ranking it number 9,795 for all surnames. Historically, the name has been most prevalent in the Midwest. However, it is especially popular in Tennessee, Illinois and Georgia. Range is least common in the northeastern states.
World wide, there are approximately 12,118 Range surnames, making it the 40,342th most common surname in the world.
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Range Ethnic Distribution
As reported by the US Census Bureau in 2000, the Range surname represented themselves as Caucasian: 58.73%, African-American: 34.15%, Hispanic: 3.44%, Asian: 1.35%, Native American: 0.43%, and Mixed Race: 1.9%.
Popular Given Names
The ten most popular first names historically given to babies with a last name of Range in order are John, Mary, William, Charles, James, Robert, Margaret, Willie, Helen, and Dorothy.
Range Military Records
Twenty-five people with the Range surname fought on the Union side in the American Civil War, and six on the Confederate side. One fought in the American Revolutionary War.
? Range men and women enlisted in World War II.
? were casualties of the Korean War. One Range soldier died in the Vietnam War, ? in the Gulf War, ? in the US War on Terror, and ? were Peacetime Military Casualties.
One person with the Range surname was licensed as an Indian Trader in the 1830s.
? won the Medal of Honor.
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