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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.

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The surname Long was 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.

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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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 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 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 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 United States in the 20th Century


  • Barthilemy Long, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901

Long Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Sieur De Long, who arrived in Montreal in 1690

Long Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. John Long U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 365 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA
  • Mr. John Long U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. John Long U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association
  • Mr. Philip Long U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. James Long U.E. who settled in Digdeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Regimen, is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists

Long Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • M Long, aged 40, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1823
  • William Long, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Mary Long, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Mary Long, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
  • Patrick Long, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale


Long Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Long, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Long, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Long, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Samuel Long, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Long, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


Long Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Long arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • Roland C. Long arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • John Long arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Margaret Long arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Margaret Long, aged 26, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872


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  • Mr. Harry Long (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from Detroit, Michigan, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Maxwell W. Maxey Long (1877-1958), American Olympian who won gold during the 1900 games
  • 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
  • Zhou Long, American winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music
  • Charles E. De Long (d. 1876), American Republican politician, Member of California State Assembly 15th District, 1858-60; Member of Republican National Committee from Nevada, 1868-70; U.S. Minister to Japan, 1869
  • Owen de Long, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Kansas State Senate 8th District, 2000
  • Clarence Long (1908-1994), American politician and economist, Member of the US House of Representatives from Maryland
  • William Ivey Long (b. 1947), American Tony Award-winning costume designer for stage and film
  • Tommy Long (1890-1972), American baseball player
  • Shelley Lee Long (b. 1949), American actress

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  • The Big Long Family in America by Harvey Lawrence Long.
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Motto: Pieux quoique preux
Motto Translation: Pious although chivalrous.

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