Ling Name Meaning

English (mainly East Anglia): habitational name from Lyng in Norfolk, so named from Old English hlinc ‘hillside’, or from either of two places in Norfolk and Lincolnshire named Ling, from Old Norse lyng ‘ling’, ‘heather’. There is also a Lyng in Somerset, so named from Old English lengen ‘long place’. German: variant of Link. Chinese : from a word meaning ‘ice’. In ancient times, the imperial palace was able to enjoy ice in the summer by storing winter ice in a cellar, entrusting its care to an official called the iceman. This post was once filled during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) by a descendant of Kang Shu, the eighth son of Wen Wang, who had been granted the state of Wei soon after the establishment of the Zhou dynasty. Descendants of this particular iceman adopted the word for ice, ling, as their surname.

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


Similar surnames: Ying, Long, Wing, Ping, Linge, Lang, Liang, Lin, Leng, Jing

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Ling Family Origin

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Ling Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    29%
  • Laborer

    11%
  • Miner

    4%
  • Laundry

    3%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Ling family was Laundry. Farmer, Laborer and Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ling. The most common Ling occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Ling's were Farmers.

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United States

Between 1942 and 2004, Ling life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Ling in 1942 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ling

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