Ranger was a gamekeeper in the 14th century England, though the meaning evolved to mean a soldier who ranges over a region to protect the area or enforce the law ("range" meaning "travel around an area"). In Britain, the term has been associated with a keeper of a royal forest or park, and park rangers have become a civil occupation in much of the English-speaking world in reference to a warden employed to maintain and protect a natural area, such as a government forest or park. Since at least the 17th century, the term has had the military meaning of a commando or guerrilla soldier proficient in raids and ambushes. Sports teams have been avid in adopting the mystique of the name for its association with the aggressive nature of the combat occupation.

Law enforcement

* Arizona Rangers, a former law enforcement agency in Arizona
* California State Rangers, the state's first state wide law enforcement agency formed in 1854
* Council ranger, local law enforcement officers in Australian Local Government Areas
* Newfoundland Rangers, a defunct police force of the pre-confederation dominion of Newfoundland
* Park ranger, a person charged with protecting and preserving protected parklands
** Game warden, state or local officials responsible for enforcing laws pertaining to the hunting, fishing, and trapping of wild animals
** Australian Ranger Federation, represents Australian park rangers
** International Ranger Federation, an organisation which represents Park Rangers and Park Wardens across the world
** Victorian Ranger Association, established in the early 1980s to represent Park Rangers in Victoria, Australia
** English Ranger Association, a membership organisation open to anyone working or volunteering as Rangers or Wardens in England
** Queensland Ranger Association, represents and promotes the interests of Park Rangers in the state of Queensland, Australia
** Korean Rangers Foundation, represents rangers in South Korea
* Ranger of Windsor Great Park, oversees the protection and maintenance of the Great Park at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire
* Texas Ranger Division, commonly called the Texas Rangers, is a law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction based in Austin, the capital of Texas
* Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the state-designated official historical center of the Texas Rangers
* US National Park Rangers, the employees charged with protecting and preserving areas set aside by United States Congress
** Junior Ranger Program, activities prepared especially for 5-12 year old visitors to the properties of the National Park Service


* British Army.
** Butler's Rangers, a British provincial regiment composed of Loyalists (or "Tories") in the American Revolutionary War
** Connaught Rangers, an Irish Regiment of the British Army raised and garrisoned in Ireland, which was disbanded in 1922
** Rogers' Rangers, an independent company of rangers attached to the British Army during the French and Indian War
*** Robert Rogers' 28 "Rules of Ranging", a series of rules and guidelines of which a modified version is still in use by the US Army Rangers
** Royal Irish Rangers, a regular infantry regiment of the British Army
** Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, one of the five squadrons of the Royal Yeomanry
** King's Rangers, a British provincial military unit raised for service during the American Revolutionary War
** Queen's Rangers, a military unit who fought on the Loyalist side during the American Revolutionary War
** Adams' Rangers, a Loyalist independent company raised for the British Army during the American Revolutionary War
*Royal Navy
** 15 ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Ranger
** 6 ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary formed the Ranger class tanker
* Canadian Forces
** Canadian Rangers, a reserve sub-component of the Canadian Forces
*** Junior Canadian Rangers, an organisation linked to the Canadian Rangers for youth aged 12 to 18
** 176th (Niagara Rangers) Battalion, CEF, a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War
** The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC), a Canadian Forces reserve regiment based in Toronto and Aurora
** The Rocky Mountain Rangers, a Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces
* 1st Scout Ranger Regiment of the Philippine Army
* The Philippine Constabulary Rangers, or PC Rangers, were independent light infantry companies which served as a counter-insurgency force similar to United States Army Rangers and were organized into 12 large regional companies.
* Irish Army Rangers, the special forces unit of the Irish Defence Forces
* Pakistan Rangers, a paramilitary force under the control of the Pakistan Army
* Royal Ranger Regiment of the Malaysian Army
* Sarawak Rangers, a para-military force founded in 1872 by the second Rajah of Sarawak, Charles Anthony Johnson Brooke
* Special Operations Troops Centre of the Portuguese Army, also known as the Portuguese Rangers
* United States Army Rangers, specialized, elite American light infantry and special operations troops
** 1st Ranger Battalion (United States), formed upon America's entry into World War II
** 2nd Ranger Battalion (United States), the name of two distinct units of United States Army Rangers
** 3rd Ranger Battalion (United States), one of three battalions of United States Army Rangers
** 4th Ranger Battalion (United States), a Ranger unit in the United States Army during World War II
** 5th Ranger Battalion (United States), a World War II Ranger battalion activated on 1 September 1943 at Camp Forrest, Tennessee
** 6th Ranger Battalion (United States), a United States Army Ranger Battalion which saw action in the Pacific during World War II
** 75th Ranger Regiment (United States), the designated military unit of the United States Army Rangers
** 75th Ranger Infantry Regiment (Airborne), the United States Army Ranger unit of the Vietnam War era
** Georgia Regiment of Horse Rangers, served with the Continental Army
** Knowlton's Rangers, the United States of America's first organized espionage organization, as well as the first American Ranger unit formed
** Korean War Ranger Companies, the United States Army Rangers of the Korean War
** Loudoun Rangers, also known as Mean's Rangers for their commander, was a partisan cavalry unit raised in Loudoun County, Virginia, that fought for the Union during the American Civil War
** McNeill's Rangers, an independent irregular Confederate military company
** Oregon Rangers, the first organized militia of settlers in the Willamette Valley of what became the state of Oregon
** Terry's Texas Rangers (8th Texas Cavalry), a group of Texas volunteers for the Confederate States Army assembled by Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry
** Whitcomb's Rangers, two companies of New Hampshire rangers for service with the Continental Army
** Partisan Ranger Act, an act passed by the Confederate Congress, intended as a stimulus for recruitment of irregulars for service into the Confederate Army during the American Civil War
** Ranger Body Armor, a body armor vest that was used by the United States Army Rangers and others in the 1990s and 2000s
** Ranger Creed, the official mission statement of the United States Army Rangers
** Ranger Indoctrination Program, a 4 week course held at Fort Benning, Georgia
** Ranger Memorial, a tribute to the United States Army Rangers at Fort Benning, Georgia
** Ranger School, an intense, nine-week-long, combat leadership course, oriented to small-unit tactics
** Ranger Tab, a service school military decoration of the United States Army signifying completion of the 61-day long U.S. Army Ranger School
*U.S. Navy
** USS Ranger, the name of several warships
* Vietnamese Rangers (Biêt Dông Quân), were the Rangers of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam



* David Starr, Space Ranger, the first novel in the Lucky Starr series, six juvenile science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov
* From the Files of the Time Rangers, an alternate world / time travel novel by Richard Bowes
* Ranger (Farthing Wood), a resident of White Deer Park and the son of Scarface and Lady Blue in "The Animals of Farthing Wood"
* Ranger (Middle-earth), from J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional universe, Middle-earth
** Rangers of the North, the descendants of the Dúnedain from the lost kingdom of Arnor
** Rangers of Ithilien, an elite group of the Southern Dúnedain warriors who scouted in and guarded Ithilien
* Ranger's Apprentice (series) by John Flanagan features The Ranger Corps, a warrior guild

Comics and magazines

* Combo Rangers, a series of Webcomics created in 1998 by Brazilian author Fábio Yabu
* Phone Ranger, a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe
* "Ranger" (magazine), a British magazine for children
* Ranger Rick, a children's nature magazine
* Rangers (comics), a Marvel Comics superhero team
* Space Ranger, a science fiction hero who was published by DC Comics
* Star Rangers, a four-issue American comic book series


* Darby's Rangers (1958 film), a 1958 Warner Brothers black and white war film starring James Garner
* King of the Forest Rangers, a Republic Movie serial from 1946
* King of the Texas Rangers, a Republic Movie serial from 1941
* Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, the fourth Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation film, and the ninth Pokémon film overall
* , a CGI animated feature film scheduled to be released late 2008
* Texas Rangers (film), a 2001 film directed by Steve Miner
* The Fighting Ranger is the title of several films
* The Sky Ranger, a 1921 comedy film serial directed by George B. Seitz
* United Ranger Films, a machinima production group responsible for the first examples of machinima
** Ranger Gone Bad


* Ranger (character class), a character class for many role-playing games
** Ranger (Dungeons & Dragons)
* Airborne Ranger, a video game
* , a helicopter simulator video game released for the Sony Play Station 2
* Burning Rangers, a video game developed by Sonic Team for the Sega Saturn
* Pokémon Ranger, a video game
** , a sequel
* Ranger (board game), a board game
* Rangers Strike, a Super Sentai-based trading card game created by Carddas
* , a 1995 Super Famicom side scrolling action game that is gun-oriented
* Rocket Ranger, a 1988 action adventure computer game developed and published by Cinemaware
* The Lone Ranger (video game), an NES video game that is based on the TV show of the same name
* Space Rangers (video game), a multi-genre computer game by the Russian company Elemental Games
** , the sequel to Space Rangers
* Ranger is the title of the main character in the computer game Quake and is an opponent in Quake III Arena


* Night Ranger, an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California
* Rozzlyn Rangers, a short-lived, comedic punk rock band from Washington, D.C.
* The Rangers, a pop-band that consisted of Eddy Medora, and Marty Di Giovanni
* The Rangers (band), a Czech folk pop band
* "I Wanna Be a NY Ranger", a single by The Misfits
* "Renai Sentai Shitsu Ranger", a single released by Nochiura Natsumi
* "Robin Hood and the Ranger", Child ballad 131
* "The Blue Ridge Rangers", the first solo album by John Fogerty

Radio and television

* "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers", an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation
* "Lassie's Rescue Rangers", an animated TV show produced by Filmation and featuring Lassie
* "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, an American live-action television series, created for the American market
* "Mighty Moshin' Emo Rangers", a television show on MTV UK
* "Power Rangers", a long-running children's TV show that followed on from the MMPR
* "Ranger (Babylon 5)", a Human-Minbari military organisation in the television series "Babylon 5"
* "Ranger Bill", a Christian radio program from the 1950s
* "Ranger Hal", a children's television program that originated in Washington, DC
* "Ranger Smith", a fictional character in the Yogi Bear cartoon series
* "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger", a syndicated science fiction television serial originally broadcast in 1954
* "Space Rangers (TV series)", an American futuristic science fiction drama
* "Sport Ranger", a Thai live-action superhero television show similar to the Japanese Super Sentai and the American Power Rangers
* "Tales of the Texas Rangers", a western adventure old-time radio drama
* "Tales of the Texas Rangers", a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on 8 July 1950
* "The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers", an animated coios Space Western television series
* "The Forest Rangers", a Canadian television series that ran from 1963 to 1965
* "The Lone Ranger", an American, long-running, old-time radio and early television show
* "Walker, Texas Ranger", a TV show starring Chuck Norris
* Rangers TV, the official television channel of Rangers Football Club
* Royal Wessex Rangers, a fictional British infantry regiment portrayed in the ITV series Spearhead


* Ranger (Transformers), an Autobot character from the Transformers series



* Queen's Rangers Elementary School, a rural elementary school in the community of Copetown, Ontario, Canada

United Kingdom

* Ranger's House (Wernher Collection), a villa adjacent to Greenwich Park in the south east of London
* Rangers pub, public houses, particularly in certain parts of Glasgow, the West of Scotland, and Northern Ireland, which cater to a clientele of supporters of Rangers
* Snowdon Ranger railway station, a station on the narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway

United States

* Camp Ranger, a summer sleepaway camp on Silver Lake in Bethel, New York
* Canyon Lakes Ranger District, part of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, specifically on the Roosevelt National Forest
* Fort Ranger, a historical fort located near Rutland, Vermont
* Leigh Lake Ranger Patrol Cabin, designed and built by the U.S. Forest Service in the 1920s
* Ranger Lake, in Strongsville, Ohio, US
* Ranger Peak, in the northern Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
* Ranger, Georgia, a town in Gordon County, Georgia, United States
* Ranger, Texas, a city in Eastland County, Texas, United States
** Ranger College, college in Ranger, Texas
** Ranger Independent School District, a public school district based in Ranger, Texas
* Ranger, West Virginia, an unincorporated community in western Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States
* Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, a ballpark in Arlington, Texas
* Rangers' Club, a building in Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park
* Road Ranger Stadium, a stadium in Loves Park, Illinois
* Verlot Ranger Station-Public Service Center, a ranger station that also doubles as a visitors center
* Wapiti Ranger Station, the oldest U.S. Forest Service ranger station in the United States
* Warner Valley Ranger Station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, located in Lassen Volcanic National Park, near Chester, California
*Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest has several ranger districts;
** Armuchee-Cohutta Ranger District
** Brasstown Ranger District
** Chattooga Ranger District
** Oconee Ranger District
** Tallulah Ranger District
** Toccoa Ranger District
*Coronado National Forest has five ranger districts
** Douglas Ranger District
** Nogales Ranger District
** Safford Ranger District
** Santa Catalina Ranger District
** Sierra Vista Ranger District
*Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has ten ranger districts;
** Austin Ranger District
** Bridgeport Ranger District
** Carson Ranger District
** Ely Ranger District
** Jarbidge Ranger District
** Mountain City Ranger District
** Ruby Mountains Ranger District
** Santa Rosa Ranger District
** Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
** Tonopah Ranger District



* Arizona League Rangers, a rookie-level minor league baseball team in Surprise, Arizona
* Dallas Rangers, a high-level minor league baseball team located in Dallas, Texas
* Drew Rangers baseball, a program established in 1931, they play at the Division III level
* Gastonia Rangers, a class A minor league baseball team located in Gastonia, North Carolina
* Texas Rangers (baseball), a Major League Baseball team located in Arlington, Texas
** Rangers Captain, the mascot for Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers


For the football (soccer) clubs using "Rangers" in their name see Rangers F.C. (disambiguation)

Gaelic Athletic Association

* Argideen Rangers, a Gaelic football and hurling club based in Timoleague in County Cork, Republic of Ireland
* Brickey Rangers GAA, a Gaelic football and hurling club based a few miles outside of Dungarvan, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
* Carbery Rangers, a Gaelic football club in Rosscarbery in County Cork, Republic of Ireland
* Crossmaglen Rangers GAC, a Gaelic football, hurling and camogie club from Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
* Laune Rangers, a Gaelic football club based in Killorglin, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland
* Nemo Rangers GAA, a Gaelic football club on the southside of Cork, Republic of Ireland

Ice hockey

* Binghamton Rangers, an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League
* Colorado Rangers, a professional hockey team in Denver, Colorado for the 1987–1988 season and became the Denver Rangers
* Denver Rangers, a professional hockey team in Denver, Colorado for 1988–1989 season
* Drummondville Rangers, a junior ice hockey team that played in Drummondville, Quebec
* Earls Court Rangers, an early English ice hockey team that played in the English National League
* Glanbrook Rangers, a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Glanbrook, Ontario, Canada
* Kitchener Rangers, an Ontario Hockey League team
* New York Rangers, a National Hockey League team
* North York Rangers, a Tier II Junior "A" ice hockey team from North York, Ontario, Canada
* South Grenville Rangers, a Junior "B" hockey team encompassing South Grenville, Ontario
* Toronto Young Rangers, a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association


* Dandenong Rangers, an Australian Women's Basketball League (WNBL) team based in Melbourne, Australia
* Ranger (yacht), the yacht which defended the America's Cup in 1937
* New Cross Rangers, a Speedway team which operated from 1937 until their closure in 1953


* Broughton Rangers, a British rugby league team
* Bruin Rangers, a division I collegiate women's rugby team representing the University of California Los Angeles
* Waitakere Rangers, a franchise in the Bartercard Cup rugby league competition in New Zealand


* Airborne Ranger (truck), a monster truck that races on the USHRA circuit
* Cadillac Gage Ranger, a 4x4 armored personnel carrier produced by Cadillac Gage
* Edsel Ranger, an automobile produced by the former Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln Division of the Ford Motor Company
* Ford Ranger EV, a battery electric vehicle produced by Ford Motor Company
* Ford Ranger, a light truck
* Hino Ranger, a medium duty truck
* MV Northern Ranger, a Canadian ice breaking coastal ferry operating in Newfoundland and Labrador
* Ocean Ranger, a semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit that sank in Canadian waters
* Ranger (automobile), a General Motors car model from 1968 to 1976
* Ranger (car), a car sold by General Motors in South Africa in the early 1970s
* Ranger 29, a twenty-nine foot (9m) fiberglass production sailboat
* Ranger Aircraft Engine Division of Fairchild Aircraft;
** Fairchild Ranger, an inverted inline-six cylinder aircraft engine
** Ranger V-770, an air-cooled inverted Vee aero-engine
* Ranger Boats, a popular line of boats designed primarily for bass fishing
* Ranger program, a series of unmanned NASA moon probes in the 1960s:
** Ranger 1, Ranger 2, Ranger 3, Ranger 4, Ranger 5, Ranger 6, Ranger 7, Ranger 8, Ranger 9
* RSOV (Ranger Special Operations Vehicle), a military vehicle designed for The U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment
* RUAG Ranger, a tactical UAV from RUAG Aerospace in Switzerland
* XPBB Sea Ranger, a prototype twin-engined flying boat Patrol Bomber built for the United States Navy


* Andrew Ranger, a Canadian racing driver
* Henry Ward Ranger, an American artist born at Syracuse, New York
* Ivan Ranger, a baroque painter from the Tyrol
* Mick Ranger, an Essex, UK based arms dealer
* Paul Ranger, a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman
* Rene Ranger, a New Zealand Rugby union player
* Richard H. Ranger, an American electrical engineer and inventor
* Rose Ranger, a Canadian singer-songwriter
* Terence Ranger, a prominent African historian, focusing on the history of Zimbabwe


* Black Rock Ranger, a volunteer mediator at Burning Man events
* Blue Sky Rangers, the group of Intellivision game programmers who once worked for Mattel back in the early 1980s
* Boy Rangers of America, a Scouting program in the United States for boys ages 8 through 12
* Bush Rangers are people who gathered $200,000 for George W. Bush's 2000 or 2004 presidential camp
* Bushranger (bush ranger), were outlaws in the early years of the European settlement of Australia
* Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger, one of the main characters in the Toy Story films, series and related properties.
* Colorado Ranger, a breed of horse that traces back to the founding stallions of the breed
* Earth Rangers, a registered non-profit organization located in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
* Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, nonprofit partner of the Dillon Ranger District, a district of the White River National Forest within the U.S. Forest Service
* Lawn Rangers, a precision lawn mower drill team from Arcola, Illinois
* Leucophyllum frutescens (Texas Ranger), an evergreen shrub in the plantago family Plantaginaceae
* Operation Ranger, the fourth American nuclear test series
* Ranger (Girl Guide), a section of the Girl Guiding programme
* Ranger (ride), an amusement park ride
* Ranger Award, Venturing's highest award
* Ranger Suite, is a suite of software products designed for the education sector by Sentinel Products Ltd.
* Ranger Uranium Mine in the Northern Territory, Australia
* Ranger's Toad, a species of toad in the Bufonidae family
* Rhone Rangers, a group of winemakers who promote the use of grape varieties from the Rhône Valley
* Road Ranger, an American corporation whose primary business is operating convenience stores and travel centers
* Royal Rangers, a Christian youth movement
* Sloane Ranger, referred originally to the young, upper class and upper-middle-class men and women living in West London
* Texas Rangers (architects), a group of architects who taught at the University of Texas School of Architecture in Austin, Te

ee also

* Irish Rangers
* Jäger (military)
* Space Rangers

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