Last name: Long

This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is an example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given in the first instance with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, supposed resemblance to an animal or bird's appearance or disposition, habits or dress, and occupation. In this instance the nickname was given to a tall person, derived from the Old English pre 7th Century "lang, long", long, tall, from the Latin "longus". The name development since 972 (see below) includes: Berard Long (1121 - 1148, Suffolk), Godfrey Lunge (1179, Gloucester) and Adam ye Langge (1279, Yorkshire). The modern surname can be found as Long, Lang(e), Lung and Laing. One John Long was an early emigrant to the Barbadoes in April 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Aetheric des Langa, which was dated 972, Old English Bynames, Northamptonshire, during the reign of King Edgar, 959 - 975. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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ryan long
interesting. learn something new about yourself every day

Kati Long
WOW...wierd that my name dates back to the 900s...

Brandon long
who would have thought that my relatives came from all these places and I never even knew they came from France

Bryan Long
Agreed!! How interesting to know!!

Danny Houghton
It also has Irish origins see here

Long Name Meaning & Long Family History at
English and French: nickname for a tall person, from Old English lang, long, Old French long 'long', 'tall' (equivalent to Latin longus).Irish (Ulster (Armagh) and Munster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Longáin (see Langan).Chinese : from the ...

Owen Long
Hello, fellow Longs! Did you know that our name also means "Dragon" in Chinese?

I always heard it was Irish. Toasting to us Long's.

Doris B

My grandfathers mothers maiden name was Emma Heldesheime from NYCity, N.Y.

David Long
I have heard the Long's in the United States originated from Ireland in the 1700's. The guy that told me spent quite a bit of money to build his family tree and he says it is 100% accurate. He told me that 12 or 14 Longs brothers immigrated to Rockford Tennessee in the early parts of 1700's

Jaymie long truschel
According to documents on my Long/Lung family arrived in Virginia then migrated to South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and on to Texas p/California. So not all Long's took the same path.. Many Long's may have arrived from ships sailing from Ireland or England, but their origins were from other countries. The name Lung and Long are pronounced the same way in German.

Jimholy Long
Why is the only Long available of European ancestry?

Vicki long
I was told that longs were supposed to be tall but my dad was 5foot 8 inches lol but I was also told I was related to Jane long mother of texas wouldn't that be something?

Wayne Long
I'm 6 feet 6 inches tall so it may be true.

Hey there! My name is Arna and I am from Iceland. Stumbled across this site and just wanted to post here - I come of Long descent, my ancestor was Richard Long. He came to Iceland from Denmark, but was born in Belby in Howden, England. I would be very curious to see if I can find any relatives out in the great big world!

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