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Ling Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Lyng in Norfolk which may derive from Old English hlinc ‘ridge bank’ from Lyng in Somerset which may derive from Old English hlenc ‘hill side ledge’ or from any of various minor places called from Middle English ling ‘heather heath(land)’ (Old Norse lyng) such as Ling Hill in Blythburgh (Suffolk). English: occasionally a variant of Leng . German: variant of Link . Chinese: Mandarin or Cantonese form of the surname 凌 meaning ‘ice’: from the first element of Ling Ren (凌人) post name of an official responsible for the storage of ice cubes a hereditary post long held by descendants of Kang Shu the younger brother of King Wu of Zhou (c. 1087–1043 BC). Chinese: Mandarin or Cantonese form of the surname 令: (i) from the first element of Ling Yin (令尹) the name of an official post in the state of Chu during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (ii) shortened form of the Chinese compound surname Ling-Hu (令狐) originally the name of a fief (located in Shanxi province) in the state of Jin during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 甯 (or 寧) see Ning .7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 林 see Lin 8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 冷 see Leng

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how Ling families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ling family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ling families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 17 Ling families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 47% of all the recorded Ling's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ling families in 1840.
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What did your Ling ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ling. 16% of Ling men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Ling women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ling were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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*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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

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There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Ling. For the veterans among your Ling ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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