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Variants Strange, Strangeman.A nickname meaning 'the strange', from a person who was new to the community. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Stephen le Strange, County Yorkshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a John le Straunge, County Cambridgeshire, was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. Other examples of this name were found in the person of a Willemus Straunge who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379 and a Thomas Strange and Elizabeth Woods were married in Saint George, Hanover Square, in the year 1780.


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