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Tong Name Meaning

Chinese : variant of Tang 2. Chinese : variant of Tang 3. Chinese : from a modification of the character Zhong (). In the Xia dynasty (2205–1766 bc), there existed a senior adviser whose name was Zhonggu. Much later, in the Ming dynasty (1368–1644 ad), some descendants settled along a river that became known as the Tong Family river. As the Manchus moved southwards, some took up residence by this river and they too adopted Tong as their surname. Chinese : from Lao Tong, the ‘style name’ given to a son of Zhuan Xu, legendary emperor of the 26th century bc. Two of his sons became important advisers to the next emperor, Ku. Some descendants of Lao Tong adopted a character from his style name as their surname. Chinese: see also Dong. English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of tongs (Old English tang(e)), or a habitational name from one of the places named with this word (there are examples in Lancashire, Shropshire, and West Yorkshire), from their situation by a fork in a road or river, considered as resembling a pair of tongs. English: topographic name for someone who lived on a tongue of land, or a habitational name from a place named with this word (Old English tunge, Old Norse tunga), for example Tonge in Leicestershire. Alternatively, Reaney suggests that it may have been a nickname from the same word in the sense of a chatterbox or a scold. Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Antonius (see Anthony). It could also be from Dutch tong ‘tongue’ and hence a nickname for a chatterbox or scold, or possibly a shortening of Van Tongeren, a habitational name for someone from Tongeren in the province of Gelderland.

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

Similar surnames: Tang, Kong, Long, Rong, Gong, Hong, Teng, Song, Dong, Pong

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Tong Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Tong. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • China


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Southeast Asia—Vietnam


  • Germanic Europe


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Tong Family Origin

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Tong Family Occupations

What did your Tong ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Cook were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tong. A less common occupation for the Tong family was Farm Laborer. The most common Tong occupation in the USA was Farmer. 17% of Tong's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Cook

  • Farm Laborer


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Tong Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Tong. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tong census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 32,000 immigration records available for the last name Tong. 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 Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Tong. For the veterans among your Tong ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tong Life Expectancy

What is the average Tong lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Tong life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Tong in 1952 was 52, and 73 in 2004.

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