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Ranger Family History

Ranger Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a gamekeeper or warden, from Middle English ranger, an agent derivative of range(n) ‘to arrange or dispose’. German: variant of Rang 2, 3. German: habitational name for someone from any of the places named Rangen, in Alsace, Bavaria, and Hesse. French: from a Germanic personal name formed with rang, rank ‘curved’, ‘bent’; ‘slender’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ringer, Manger, Anger, Fanger, Sanger, Rager, Zanger, Range, Hanger

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Where is the Ranger family from?

You can see how Ranger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ranger family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ranger families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 11 Ranger families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Ranger's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Ranger families in 1840.
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What did your Ranger ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ranger. 20% of Ranger men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Ranger women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ranger were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    20%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Ranger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ranger census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Ranger. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Ranger. For the veterans among your Ranger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ranger lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Ranger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Ranger in 1946 was 65, and 81 in 2004.

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