Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn
"Farange" looks French, to me.
The name Farage is either of French Huguenot origin - lots of them fled to England - or it derives from the English name Farridge.
Nigel himself is of German, and possibly French Huguenot, ancestry.
Nikolaus Schrod, Mr Farage’s great-great grandfather, was a young cabinet-maker in Frankfurt. He married his sweetheart Bina at 21, but before starting a family he decided his shaky prospects would be much improved by moving to England, which he did so in the 1850s.
Nikolaus Schrod made the cases for the pianos, upright and grand, which were becoming a must-have status symbol in every fashionable drawing-room, while Bina brought in extra money as a needlewoman and dressmaker.
They lived in rented rooms in the teeming tenements close to London's heart – close enough to the rich who employed them, but a world away.
Nicholas and Bina's only child, Carl, left school at 14 to become a telegraph messenger with the General Post Office. Carl later changed his name to Charles and married an English girl, Ellen Abbott. They lived on London's Tottenham Court Road.
The Anglicisation of the family was completed in the next generation when their daughter Gladys married a young stockbroker’s clerk, Harry Farage.