In the book Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, "Strange" immediately strikes the reader as a rather ... well, strange name. Even in Britain, the country which produces such wackily wonderful names as Pogglethorpe, Higginbottom, and so on, I've never seen Strange as a surname except in this book. It stands out from the other names in the novel, which all seem rather more believable.
One might say that Strange is clearly an out-of-the-ordinary person, someone who never fit in. But he's less "strange" than e.g. Childermass or Vinculus, so why was he the one singled out for the strange name? What does it signify in terms of his character and his place in the plot?
Where did the name "Strange" come from, and what is its significance?