The origin of the district's name is attributed to a Chinese entrepreneur of dried sea products known only by the name of Ma, who was one of the first settlers in the area. The sea products, consisting of fish and squid, are dried on racks called rang by the local populance. Given Ma owned all the rangs, the area became known as Ma rang (i.e. 'Ma's rangs'), which eventually became Marang. According to a Malay teacher, the late Cikgu Osman, a teacher from Sek. Keb. Marang; Marang derives its name from Syed Muharram. The way the local pronounce Muharram, eventually became Marang.