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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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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 the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 17 Ling families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 47% of all the recorded Ling's in the 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 US 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
    16%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Ling. 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.

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Draft Cards

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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What is the average Ling lifespan?

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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