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Lang Surname Meaning

Scottish English German Dutch Danish and Jewish (Ashkenazic); Swedish (also Lång): nickname for a tall person from Older Scots Middle English Middle High German Middle Dutch and Danish lang ‘long’ Swedish lång. The surname of (Middle High) German origin is also found in France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine) Czechia Hungary Poland Slovakia Croatia and Slovenia. Hungarian (Láng): from láng ‘flame’ hence probably a nickname for a passionate person or a man with a fighting spirit. Alternatively it may be an indirect occupational name for a smith or someone who worked with fire. This surname is also found in Slovenia where it is spelled Lang and in Slovakia where it is spelled in both ways. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 郎 an ancient term to refer to one's lover or son: (i) from the placename Lang (郎) the name of a city the living place of Fei Bo the grandson of the Duke Yi of Lu (ruler of the state of Lu reigned 815–807 BC). Some of his descendants later changed their original surname Fei to Lang (郎). (ii) borne by some families from the state of the South Huns (48–216 AD located in northern China). Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 冷 see Leng Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 梁 see Liang Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 藍 see Lan 7: Vietnamese (Lăng): from the Chinese surname 凌 see Ling 8: Vietnamese: from the Chinese surname 郎 see 3 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wang, Long, Zang, Sang, Fang, Yang, Ling, Bang, Leng, Tang

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Where is the Lang family from?

You can see how Lang families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lang family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lang families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 898 Lang families living in Lancashire. This was about 22% of all the recorded Lang's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Lang families in 1891.
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What did your Lang ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Lang. 9% of Lang men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Lang women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lang were Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Retired
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Servant
  • Unpaid Domestic
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Passenger Lists

There are 96,000 immigration records available for the last name Lang. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 123,000 military records available for the last name Lang. For the veterans among your Lang ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lang lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Lang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Lang in 1943 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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