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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Long family come from? What is the English Long family crest and coat of arms? When did the Long family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Long family history?

The ancient name Long is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a person who was tall, big, or lanky. The English Long family is descended from a Norman noble of Preux in Normandy. The family name Long became popular in England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats.


Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Long were recorded, including Long, Longe and others.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Long research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1838, 1391, 1447, 1419, 1478, 1451, 1508, 1489, 1556, 1517, 1581, 1575, 1560, 1610, 1594, 1637, 1621, 1617, 1692, 1600, 1673, 1613, 1659, 1630, 1631, 1607 and are included under the topic Early Long History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 227 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Long Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Long family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Long arrived in North America very early:

Long Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Long, who arrived in Virginia in 1621-1629
  • Jon Long, who landed in Virginia in 1621-1629
  • Jane Long, who settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Ann Long, who landed in Virginia in 1633
  • Catherine Long who settled in Virginia in 1635

Long Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Long, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Sara Long, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Edwd Long, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Conratt Long, aged 38, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Chris Albrit Long, aged 32, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732

Long Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm Long, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827
  • Thomas Long, who landed in Connecticut in 1811
  • Mrs. Long, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • A Long, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Archibald Long, who landed in New York, NY in 1812

Long Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Barthilemy Long, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901


  • Dr. Crawford Williamson Long (1815-1878), American physician, first to use ether as an anaesthetic
  • Huey Long (1895-1960), American politician in Louisiana
  • Shelley Lee Long (b. 1949), American actress
  • Clarence Long (1908-1994), American politician and economist, Member of the US House of Representatives from Maryland
  • Tommy Long (1890-1972), American baseball player
  • William Ivey Long (b. 1947), American Tony Award-winning costume designer for stage and film
  • Zhou Long, American winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music
  • Mr. Milton Clyde Long (d. 1912), aged 29, American First Class passenger from Springfield, Massachusetts who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Maxwell W. Maxey Long (1877-1958), American Olympian who won gold during the 1900 games
  • Richard Long (b. 1945), English sculptor, photographer and painter



  • The Big Long Family in America by Harvey Lawrence Long.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pieux quoique preux
Motto Translation: Pious although chivalrous.


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  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Long Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Long Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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