HISTORY OF THE LANGE NAME (Source Surnamedb.com)
This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon and Irish origin, and has two possible sources, each with its own meaning and derivation. In the Anglo-Saxon case it originated as a descriptive nickname for a tall person, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "lang", "long" meaning long or tall. As an Irish surname, it originated as an Anglicization of the Gaelic "O'Longain", composed of the elements "O", male descendant of, plus "Longain" a personal name probably derived from "long", tall (as above), or possibly from the homonymous "long", a ship (and so originally a byname for a seafarer).
surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 10th Century (see below),
and other early recordings include: Leofwine Lange, who was noted in the 1070
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and Berard Long, who appeared in the Feudal Documents
from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk (1121 - 1148). In the modern idiom
the surname has many variant spellings including Lang, Lange, Long and Lung.
One of the earliest settlers in the New World was Henry Long, aged 21 years,
who departed from the
first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Aetheric thes
Langa, which was dated 972, in "Old English Bynames",
Northamptonshire, during the reign of King Edgar of
Our LANGE family including Walker
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg JOHN HENRY 2 LANGE ~ see 2
GENERATION ONE :
1. ~ ~ ~ HERMANN HENRICH
LANGE was born on 7 September 1841 in Gross Sutrom,
Herman was naturalized on 26 August 1887. At
that time his place of residence was listed as
Children of HERMANN LANGE and ADA TAYLOR included:
JOHN HENRY 2
LANGE, born 1872 in
HERMANN BYRON LANGE,
born 1875 in
WILLIAM GEORGE 3 LANGE, born
CARL FREDERICK LANGE,
born 1879 in
VIOLET MAY 4 LANGE,
born 1881 in
ROY FRANCIS HOWARD
LANGE, born Abt. 1886 in
Hermann died in July 1907 and
GENERATION TWO :
2. ~ ~ ~ JOHN HENRY (JACK)
LANGE (HERMANN) was born
in 1872 in
John married MARY
WALKER in 1898. Mary was born on 10 December 1871 in
> Refer to the WALKER family for more information about family of Mary.
Children of JOHN LANGE and MARY WALKER were:
ERIC ROY 5 LANGE, born Abt. 1899.
HAROLD BRAITHWAITE 5 LANGE, born 24 June 1901.
John died on 8 April 1932 in Thames and was buried at
3. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM GEORGE LANGE (HERMANN) was born in 1877 and was the third son of HERMAN LANGE and ADA TAYLOR.
William was a Tailor in
Children of WILLIAM LANGE and ELSIE FERGUSSON included:
WILBUR LANGE, born about 1914. Wilbur served with the NZ Air Force
during World War Two. He died on 20 August 1944 and was buried at Bourail
4. ~ ~ ~ VIOLET MAY LANGE (HERMANN) was born in
Violet married JOHN WILFRED DANBY in 1906.
John was born in 1881 in
Voilet died on 20 April 1960 in
5. ~ ~ ~ ERIC ROY LANGE (HERMANN
> JOHN) was born in 1899 and was the eldest son of JOHN LANGE
and MARY WALKER. Eric graduated from
During his long medical career he was also the Chief Obstetrician and Honourary Physician at St Mary's Home in Otahuhu and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. Eric was also a foundation member Otahuhu Rotary Club.
Eric married PHOEBE FYSHREID around 1936 and they
lived at the junction of Great South & Mangere Roads, Otahuhu. Phoebe was
born in 1909 in
Children of ERIC LANGE and PHOEBE FUSHREID were:
DAVID RUSSEL 7
LANGE, born 4 August 1942 in Otahuhu,
PETER 8 LANGE
Eric died on 15 August 1970 in Kohimarama,
6. ~ ~ ~ HAROLD BRAITHWAITE LANGE (HERMANN > JOHN) was born
Harold married MARGUERITA GEORGINA GREY KING in 1928 and they had three
sons. Rita died in tragic circumstances in
Harold died on 3 November 1964 in
7. ~ ~ ~ DAVID RUSSEL LANGE (HERMANN > JOHN > ERIC)
was born on 4 August 1942 in Otahuhu,
David was elected the Leader of the NZ Labour Party on 3 February 1983 and was Prime Minister of NZ between 26 July 1984 and 8 August 1989.
David and Naomi divorced and David remarried in January 1992. A daughter was born in 1996.
Around 2003 David was diagnosed with Amyloidosis which is a disorder of plasma cells in the bone marrow. He died on 13 August 2005.
> Refer to NZ History Online (http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/people/david-lange) for a more details about David's life. He also wrote an Autobiography in 2005 David Lange - My Life published by Viking / Penguin Group NZ
8. ~ ~ ~ PETER LANGE (HERMANN > JOHN > ERIC) is the second son of ERIC LANGE and PHOEBE FYSHFEID.
Peter is a well-known Potter and has won many Awards, including a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Award, and demonstrates and tutors around the world.
Refer to NZ Potters Online (http://www.nzpotters.com/PottersPages/Potter.cfm?memberID=396®ionName=Auckland&action=li) for more details about Peter's life and work.
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