History of your Surname
Get access to Lang family records.Start a free trial

Lang Family History

Lang Name Meaning

Scottish, English, Dutch, German, Danish, Swedish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a tall person, from Older Scots, Middle English, Middle Dutch, Middle German, and Danish lang ‘long’, Swedish lång. Hungarian: 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. Chinese : from the name of a place called Lang City in the state of Lu, founded during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) by a grandson of the ruler. His descendants lived there and adopted Lang as their surname. Vietnamese (Lãng): unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Wang, Long, Zang, Sang, Fang, Yang, Ling, Bang, Leng, Tang

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Lang family from?

You can see how Lang families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lang family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lang families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 51 Lang families living in New York. This was about 14% of all the recorded Lang's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Lang families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lang surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lang ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lang. 13% of Lang men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Lang women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lang were Clerk and Maid.

View Census data for Lang | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Lang family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 451,000 census records available for the last name Lang. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lang census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Lang

Passenger Lists

There are 96,000 immigration records available for the last name Lang. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Lang immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 123,000 military records available for the last name Lang. For the veterans among your Lang ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Lang military records

You've only scratched the surface of Lang family history.

Discover More

What is the average Lang lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Lang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Lang in 1943 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lang

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Lang family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial