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Young : 1: English Scottish and northern Irish: nickname from Middle English yong ‘young’ (Old English geong) used to distinguish a younger man from an older man bearing the same personal name (typically father and son). In Middle English this name is often found with the Anglo-Norman French definite article for example Robert le Yunge. In Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland this was widely used as an English equivalent of the Gaelic nickname Og ‘young’; see Ogg. This surname is also very common among African Americans.2: Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘young’ or similar notably German Jung Dutch Jong and De Jong and French Lejeune and Lajeunesse.3: Americanized form of Swedish Ljung: topographic or an ornamental name from ljung ‘(field of) heather’ or a habitational name from a placename containing this word e.g. Ljungby.4: Americanized form of French Guyon reflecting the specific former French Canadian pronunciation of the initial G- followed by a vowel or of one of its altered forms such as Yon 3.5: Native American: translation into English and shortening of a personal name composed of a word meaning ‘young’ or ‘little’ such as Lakota Sioux Mato Čikala ‘Little Bear’ or ‘Young Bear’ (see Youngbear).6: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 楊 and 陽 see Yang 1 and 2.7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 容 see Rong 2.8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 翁 see Weng 2.


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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