Pranger Family History
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Pranger Name Meaning
Dutch and North German: nickname for a brawler, from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch prangen, Middle Low German ‘to fight’. German: nickname for an ostentatious or boastful person, from Middle High German brangen ‘to flaunt’, ‘to brag’. Altered form of South German Pfranger or Pfränger, agent derivatives of Pfrange (see Prange 2) meaning ‘narrows’. In some instances this may have been a nickname for a narrow-minded person, from the same word in an abstract sense.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press