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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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Where is the Stanger family from?

You can see how Stanger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stanger family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stanger families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 13 Stanger families living in New Jersey. This was about 62% of all the recorded Stanger's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Stanger families in 1840.
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What did your Stanger ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Stanger. 17% of Stanger men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Stanger women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stanger were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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