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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ranger

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ran"ger
  1. One who ranges; a rover; sometimes, one who ranges for plunder; a roving robber.
  2. That which separates or arranges; specifically, a sieve.(Obs)"The tamis ranger." [Holland.]
  3. A dog that beats the ground in search of game.
  4. One of a body of mounted troops, formerly armed with short muskets, who range over the country, and often fight on foot.
  5. The keeper of a public park or forest; formerly, a sworn officer of a forest, appointed by the king's letters patent, whose business was to walk through the forest, recover beasts that had strayed beyond its limits, watch the deer, present trespasses to the next court held for the forest, etc.(Eng)

Note: Rangers in U.S. national parks and national monuments perform a similar function.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A member of a military unit trained as shock troops for hit-and-run raids
  2. An official who is responsible for managing and protecting an area of forest
  3. A member of the Texas state highway patrol; formerly a mounted lawman who maintained order on the frontier
  1. (baseball) A player that plays for the Texas Rangers.
  2. (ice hockey) A players from the New York Rangers team.

Notable Persons Named Ranger

Ranger Smith is a fictional character.


Ranger was born on July 15th, 1959 in Acworth, Georgia.


Ranger was born on March 5th, 1878. He passed away on November 12th, 1939.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ranger

Nile Ranger is a soccer player for the Crystal Palace F.C., Southampton F.C., Newcastle United F.C., Barnsley F.C., Sheffield Wednesday F.C., Swindon Town F.C., Blackpool F.C., and England national under-19 football team. Nile was born on April 11th, 1991 in Wood Green, London, England.


Rene was born on September 30th, 1986 in Northland Region. Rene is also known as Rene and Rooster.


Andrew Ranger is a nascar driver.


Space Ranger is a comics character.


Raminder Singh Ranger is a company director. Raminder was born in 1947. Raminder is also known as Rami Ranger.


Paul Ranger is an ice hockey player. He was most prominent from 2004 to present. Paul was born on September 12th, 1984 in Whitby, Ontario.


How popular is the baby name Ranger in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1958 5 0 5
1990 7 0 7
1991 7 0 7
1993 6 0 6
1994 9 0 9
1995 12 0 12
1996 6 0 6
1998 8 0 8
1999 8 0 8
2000 7 0 7
2001 11 0 11
2002 14 0 14
2003 12 0 12
2004 12 0 12
2005 24 0 24
2006 25 0 25
2007 29 0 29
2008 18 0 18
2009 23 0 23
2010 32 0 32
2011 33 0 33
2012 44 0 44
2013 48 0 48
2014 54 0 54
2015 49 0 49
2016 69 0 69
2017 73 0 73
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

Where is the name Ranger popular?

International Interest for Ranger

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Ranger as a first name

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Popularity of Ranger as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ranger U.S.
  White 76.36% 64.26%
  African American 12.34% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.08% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.12% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.11% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ranger

People with the last name Ranger are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Ranger

  • How Popular is the name Ranger? Ranger is the 13,910th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ranger was the 12,417th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ranger have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 645 babies born with the first name Ranger in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ranger to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ranger? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1958 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Ranger first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ranger is Thursday, October 8th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Ranger born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ranger was in 2017 with a total of 73 babies.
  • Random Ranger Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ranger is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 12 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Ranger: Your name in reverse order is Regnar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rgnaer. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ranger? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,504 people with the last name Ranger.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ranger? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ranger as their last name since less than 1 person in 118k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.