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

The roots of the German surname Lingen lie in the former royal duchy of Swabia, now the modern region of Baden-Wurttemburg. The surname is derived from the name of the town of Lingenfeld, located south of the city of Heidelberg. The name was most likely originally borne by someone who came from this village.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lingenfelter, Lingenfelder, von Linggenfeld, Lingen, Lingg, Ling and many more.

First found in Lingenfeld, a small town located south of Heidelberg near the French border. It was common practice in the early Middle Ages to take on a surname derived from the name of one's city of origin, particularly when one was moving from that city to settle somewhere else; thus, the earliest bearers of the surname were probably former residents of Lingenfeld who had moved to another town.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lingen research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1593, 1765, and 1834 are included under the topic Early Lingen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lingen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lingen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George and John Lingen settled in Philadelphia in 1837
  • Kaatje Van Lingen, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847


  • Ralph Robert Wheeler Lingen KCB (1819-1905), 1st Baron Lingen, English civil servant
  • Sir Henry Lingen, British Royalist commander during the English Civil War


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The Lingen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lingen 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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