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This most interesting surname is of Old French origin, and originated as a nickname for a newcomer or foreigner to an area, from the Old French "estrange", foreigner, stranger (Middle English "strange"). All the early recordings of the name are found in Norfolk, having been introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the modern idiom, variants of the surname include Strainge, Lestrange and Stranger in England, while in France it can be found as Lestrange and Letrange. The surname first appears in English records in the late 12th Century (see below), and one John Lestrange is recorded in the Feet of Fines of Norfolk in 1195...

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