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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.

laing Early Origins



The surname laing was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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laing Spelling Variations


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laing Spelling Variations



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.

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laing Early History


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laing Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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laing Early Notables (pre 1700)


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laing Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early laing Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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laing In Ireland


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laing In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Laing who settled in Maryland in 1722
  • Alexander Laing settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

laing Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gilbert Laing settled in New York State in 1820
  • Alexander Laing, who arrived in America in 1834
  • Betty Laing, who landed in America in 1834
  • James Laing, aged 26, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Thomas Laing, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

laing Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Laing, aged 27, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Ann Laing, aged 30, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • John Laing, aged 5, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Elizabeth Laing, aged 3, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Alexander Laing, aged 1, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

laing Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Laing arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  • Robert Laing, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag"
  • Mary Laing, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  • Alexander Laing, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham"
  • Peter Laing, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

laing Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter Laing, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • John Laing, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name laing (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name laing (post 1700)



  • Philip P. Laing, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windsor; Elected 1948
  • Philip A. Laing, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1920
  • Marion H. Laing, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1917, 1919, 1920
  • John J. G. Laing, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Waukesha, Wisconsin, 1937-50
  • John D. Laing, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Cattaraugus County, 1918, 1929
  • John A. Laing, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Wayne County 2nd District, 1859
  • John Laing, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1924
  • James R. Laing, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Attorney General, 1886
  • James Oliver Laing (b. 1874), American politician, U.S. Consul in Malta, 1910-14; Karachi, 1914-16; Batavia, 1916-17
  • Solon S. Laing, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cattaraugus County 2nd District, 1892
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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laing Historic Events


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laing Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Freeman  Laing, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Laing (b. 1911), Scottish Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  3. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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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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