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Origins Available: English, Scottish
Where did the English laing family come from? What is the English laing family crest and coat of arms? When did the laing family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the laing family history?The origins of the laing surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person who was considered long or tall. The name occurs in Old English charters as early as 972 A.D, as Aetheric thes langa. Of the many surnames in England, the surname laing is considered among etymologists to be one of the oldest. It belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. As a nickname surname laing could refer either directly or indirectly to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. laing has been spelled many different ways, including Lang, Lange, Laing, Layng and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laing research. Another 375 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1357, 1394, and 1467 are included under the topic Early laing History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early laing Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the laing family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 146 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first laings to arrive in North America:
laing Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
laing Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The laing Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laing 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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