LONG Last Name Origin and Meaning

The Long surname was often bestowed on a man who was especially tall and lanky.
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The common Long last name has several possible origins:

  1. Long was most often a nickname often give to a man who was especially tall and lanky, from the Old English lang and Old French long, meaning "long" or "tall."
  2. The Long surname may also be a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic name Ó Longáin, meaning "descendant of Longán," a personal name probably derived from long, meaning "tall."
  3. If the family is Chinese, the name may indicate descent from an official treasurer called Long, who lived during the reign of the model emperor Shun (2257–2205 BC).

    Long is the 86th most popular surname in the United States.

    Surname Origin: English, Irish, Chinese

    Alternate Surname Spellings: LONGE, LANG, DELONG, LAING

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    References: Surname Meanings & Origins

    Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

    Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

    Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

    Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

    Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

    Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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