Explore the Family Name Lange

The meaning of Lange

1. German, Scandinavian, and Dutch: variant of Lang ‘long’. This surname is also found in Poland and in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Compare De Lange. 2. French: variant, with fused definite article l’, of Ange 2. Compare Longe 1. History: In North America, this surname (see 2 above) was originally (also) a secondary surname or dit (‘also called’) name, borne by Ange Ossant dit Lange (a grandson of Antoine Ossant from La Rochelle in Charente-Maritime, France), who married Marie-Anne Bonin in Sorel, QC, in 1731. The secondary surname was evidently derived, as l’Ange, from the personal name of its first bearer. His descendants also bear an altered form of the former secondary surname, Longe. Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Hans, Erwin, Heinz, Horst, Otto, Wolfgang, Ernst, Helmut, Hermann, Manfred, Reinhold.

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How common is the last name Lange in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Lange saw a slight decrease between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Lange was ranked as the 1,068th most common surname, while in 2010 it fell to the 1,132nd position, representing a change of -5.99%. Despite the drop in rank, the count of people with the Lange surname increased from 29,977 in 2000 to 30,984 in 2010, a growth rate of 3.36%. However, when measured as a proportion per 100,000 individuals, the frequency of the Lange surname also decreased from 11.11 in 2000 to 10.5 in 2010, a decline of 5.49%.

Proportion per 100k11.1110.5-5.49%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Lange

Moving onto ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals some notable shifts in the ethnic identity associated with the Lange surname from 2000 to 2010. The White demographic remained the majority, although its percentage declined from 95.09% to 92.70%, marking a 2.51% decrease. On the other hand, the Hispanic population experienced significant growth of 59.87%, increasing from 1.57% in 2000 to 2.51% in 2010. Similarly, the Asian/Pacific Islander population also witnessed a large increase of 134.78%, moving from 0.46% to 1.08%. Meanwhile, those identifying as two or more races rose by 22.32%, and the Black demographic grew by 34.48%. Lastly, the American Indian and Alaskan Native group saw an increase of 29.03% during this period.

Two or More Races1.12%1.37%22.32%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.46%1.08%134.78%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.31%0.4%29.03%

Lange ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Lange is French & German, which comprises 37.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (30.9%) and Eastern European (10.7%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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French & German37.0%
British & Irish30.9%
Eastern European10.7%

Possible origins of the surname Lange

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Lange have recent ancestry locations in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom72.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom72.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom72.00%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom72.00%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom71.90%

What Lange haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Lange is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include I-Z58 and R-M405, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Schroeder, Meyer, Schmidt, Schneider, Smith, Mueller, Miller, Meyers, Becker, Fischer.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Lange surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

langePaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Lange have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Lange" Surname 45.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Lange" Surname 26.5%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Lange" Surname 21.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Lange" Surname 19.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Lange?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Lange are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%