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Type Surname (from nickname & from occupation)
Usage German, French
Other Forms FormsRang

Meaning & History

German: nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range ‘naughty boy’, ‘urchin’.
German: variant of Rang.
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.
Added 6/17/2016 by LMS
Edited 6/17/2016 by LMS