The Spanish surname Rangel is an habitational name from a place called Rengel in Málaga province in the southern part of Spain. The name is also found in Portugal. In Spain Juan and Maria Rangel belonged to the noble order of the Knigths of Carlos III. A noble family of this surname also lived in Castille in central Spain. In Portugal a family of the surname Rangel were believed to have derived their surname from "Ronge" the name of their estate. The founder of the family who owned this estate which was situated by the river Coselhas, near the city of Coimbra, was Goncalo Goncalves. He is believed to have fought against the Moors there in 1125.
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