Stanger Family History

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Stanger Name Meaning

English (mainly Newcastle and Durham): of uncertain origin, probably a derivative of northern Middle English stang ‘pole’ (of Old Norse origin). Possible meanings include a topographic name for someone who lived by a pole or stake (compare Stakes) or an occupational name for someone armed with one. Alternatively, it may be a nickname for someone who had ‘ridden the stang’, i.e. been carried on a pole through the streets as an object of derision, in punishment for some misdemeanor. However, this custom is of uncertain antiquity. Orcadian: probably a habitational name from a minor place called Stanagar in the parish of Stromness. German: occupational name for a maker of shafts for spears and the like, from an agent derivative of Middle High German stange ‘pole’, ‘shaft’.

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

Similar surnames: Sanger, Swanger, Stenger, Stang, Staiger, Tanner, Tanger, Ranger

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Stanger Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Stanger. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • European Jewish


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Stanger Family Origin

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Stanger Family Occupations

What did your Stanger ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Stanger family was Minister. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Stanger. The most common Stanger occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Stanger's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Minister


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Stanger ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Stanger Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Stanger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stanger census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Stanger. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Stanger. For the veterans among your Stanger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Stanger Life Expectancy

What is the average Stanger lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Stanger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Stanger in 1947 was 56, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Stanger ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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