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Origin and popularity of the name LANG


Lang : 1: 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.2: 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.3: 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).4: Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 冷 see Leng 4.5: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 梁 see Liang 1.6: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 藍 see Lan 1.7: Vietnamese (Lăng): from the Chinese surname 凌 see Ling 4.8: Vietnamese: from the Chinese surname 郎 see 3 above.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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