Where do you think my last name came from?
My last name is Range. I am African-American and I have been looking into my family history. I was told by someone that my name comes from France and then I heard Germany. My grandfather is from Georgia around the cities Americus and Cordele. He moved to New Jersey when he was young so he was raised in New Jersey. But my grandfathers father was born and raised in Georgia.
So my question is.... Since Georgia is where my family started, Where do you think my last name might be from? Did it originate from Georgia or from another country? Also, are there any other people out there with the last name Range? And would ya'll happen to know a man by the name of Sylvester Range. That was my Grandfather's father name, he lived in Georgia and he had more children. I just cant seem to find out where or who they are.
I know for sure that Sylvester Range had two sons and one girl by my great grandmother. Their names are Ernest Range, Willie Range, and John Range. My great grandmother name was Myrtle Range because she married Sylvester Range, but they later separated and she moved to New Jersey without him.. I Hope that is enough info.
- wendy cLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Theresa, especially for you, with your Afr Amer background..the origin of the NAME is fairly useless and trivia. This is due to the reality that prior to 1870, no Blacks had any surname, except a few rare Free persons of Color. In other words..at some point, your ancestor ADOPTED the name. If it came from (say) Germany, it does not have anything to do with the origin of your biological ancestry.
Here is the link for Myrtle and children in 1940, where she identifies herself as a widow. It may have been more "nice" than being divorced/ separated. You can download this image to your computer. Son John was born 1931; she was born 1912. This does not give her maiden name. I don't see her in the social security death index...did she remarry or use another name? Her maiden name should be on her death cert, and I was trying to find those dates for you. If you can obtain birth certs for any of the children, it should also be on those.
It looks as if his other children are after 1940 meaning they won't be on the census.
Here is his ss death index..
United States Social Security Death Index
birth 14 July 1911
death June 1984 Adel, Cook, Georgia
You should also be able with this to get his death cert from Georgia.
Here he is in 1930..
name: Sylvester Range
event date: 1930
event place: Militia District 961, Schley, Georgia
marital status: Single
estimated birth year: 1912
relationship to head of household: Son
father's birthplace: Georgia
mother's birthplace: Georgia
enumeration district number: 0005
family number: 338
sheet number and letter: 17B
line number: 58
nara publication: T626, roll 383
film number: 2340118
digital folder number: 4531999
image number: 00897
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Tom Range M 63 Georgia
wife Emma Range F 56 Georgia
daughter Mary R Range F 24 Georgia
son Tommie Range M 22 Georgia
son Nathan Range M 21 Georgia
daughter-in-law Ella Mae Range F 23 Georgia
daughter Katie Range F 17 Georgia
son Sylvester Range M 18 Georgia
daughter Villa G Range F 9 Georgia
daughter Beulah M Range F 7 Georgia
granddaughter Susie M Range F 7 Georgia
grandson Isaac Range M 11 Georgia
Citing this Record
"United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/3CX4-9N2 : accessed 20 Jan 2013), Sylvester Range in household of Tom Range, Militia District 961, Schley, Georgia; citing enumeration district (ED) 0005, sheet 17B, family 338, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 383.
Nathan is married and has children.
You can see his dad and mother's ages to work out their birth years. They may have died before social security index.
Its a start...
this lady may be your relative, a daughter of Nathan Range. If you locate her children, they might have more information for you...
theresa..this is where tom and emma are buried... he died 1950
- Robert KLv 67 years ago
Here are some hints:
Ernest, Willie and John (the german name from the bible is Johannes) are typical german christian names, the name of the country they come from is Schley which is a northern german word for a small creek running to the ocean, the name Range is a german name (but not exclusive). Sylvester is a very old german christian name.
It is likely that there was a german settlement in the country Schley with a german farmer and slave owner named Range which named descendants with german christian names and they later used the last name of the slave owner as their last name.
German settlers in the US were usually roman catholic or lutheran protestant, the christian names hint more to a protestant. First settlers from Germany in the Philadelphia area were one of the first to speak out against slavery (after 1620) and especially germans coming after 1848 were huge supporters of abolitionists. a quarter of the troops on the union site were of german origins and the secretary of interior inder Lincoln was Carl Schurz, a native german.
You can hope that the "owner" of your ancestors treated them more humane then other slaves were treated, it could explain that they took his last name as familiy name. As far as I know there was only a very limited number of "free man" or "freed man" in the south before the end of the civil war.
So: what is the family history about your ancestors ?Source(s): German
- Anonymous7 years ago
Range Name Meaning
German: nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range ‘naughty boy’, ‘urchin’.German: variant of Rang 3.
French: from Old French renge ‘belt worn for battle’, with a wider sense in Middle French of ‘rein’, ‘strap’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such articles.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
This guy? If not give more clues, such as family member names, date of birth and death etc.
1940 United States Federal Census about Sylvester Range
Name: Sylvester Range
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1913
Race: ***** (Black)
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Adel, Cook, Georgia
Street: S Poplar Street
House Number: 404
Inferred Residence in 1935: Adel, Cook, Georgia
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Sheet Number: 11A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 210
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 4
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 3rd grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 42
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Sylvester Range 27
Lillie M Range 18
1940 United States Federal Census about Ernest L Range
Name: Ernest L Range
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1933
Race: ***** (Black)
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Son
Home in 1940: Sumter, Georgia
Street: Street Off Andersonville Highway
Inferred Residence in 1935: Sumter, Georgia
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Resident on farm in 1935: Yes
Sheet Number: 2A
Attended School or College: Yes
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 1st grade
Neighbors: View others on page
Myrtle Range 28
John T Range 9
Ernest L Range 7
Willie M Range 5
Says that Myrtle is a widow - of course that might not be right.
- baskindLv 43 years ago
In Europe it replaced into extra often than not Napoleon who delivered it into worry-unfastened use. The French Empire (subsequently Napoleon) maintained an extremely thorough administration usually to maintain clean and stable supply of adult men for their military/protection stress. so they needed a thank you to discover them and sign up them... So fairly some the international locations that have been conquered via Napoleon (very almost every person) accompanied their equipment. that's why fairly some each physique is named 'Janszoon' or 'Johansson' (translation: "John's Son" (or Johnson)). My surname is Salomons - that's a Jewish surname. i think of they used surnames fairly early on. i know King Solomon comes from that tale, with regards to the toddler and 2 mothers, so i assume they named themselves after that?
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- Ted PackLv 77 years ago
It probably came from the man who owned your slave ancestors. It might have come from someone they admired, or they may have taken it because they liked the sound. Slaves had to pick surnames in 1865. Many took the name of their former owners because they were already identified by that surname, informally.
If you ask another question, study this one first. It has a lot of details, and the asker got two generations from it.