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.
© Copyright: Name Origin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980 - 2015
Want to dig deeper into your family history? Take a look at our page on building a Family Tree
. Or get scientific and enter the exciting world of Ancestral DNA
interesting. learn something new about yourself every day
WOW...wierd that my name dates back to the 900s...
who would have thought that my relatives came from all these places and I never even knew they came from France
Agreed!! How interesting to know!!
It also has Irish origins see here http://www.ancestry.co.uk/name-origin?surname=long
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 ...
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.
My grandfathers mothers maiden name was Emma Heldesheime from NYCity, N.Y.
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