laing History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name laing comes from the ancient Anglo-Norman culture of Scotland and Britain. It was a name for a person who was considered long and tall. Of the many surnames in Scotland, 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.

Early Origins of the laing family

The surname laing was first found in at Berwyke in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where William Lange rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296. A few years later in 1341, Adam Lang was listed in an inquest of land in Aberdeenshire. Walter Lang was the burgess of Edinburgh in 1381 and 1392. Robert Lang was chaplain to Duncan, Earl of Lennox between 1394 and 1398. The name occurs in Old English charters as early as 972 A.D, e.g., "Aetheric thes langa," and the name means 'long' or 'tall'.

Important Dates for the laing family

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laing Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lang, Lange, Laing, Layng, Loynachans and others.

Early Notables of the laing family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the laing family to Ireland

Some of the laing family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

laing migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

laing Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Laing who settled in Maryland in 1722
  • Alexander Laing, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
laing Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gilbert Laing, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • Alexander Laing, who arrived in America in 1834 [1]
  • Betty Laing, who landed in America in 1834 [1]
  • James Laing, aged 26, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Thomas Laing, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

laing migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

laing Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Laing, aged 27, a farmer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Ann Laing, aged 30, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • John Laing, aged 5, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Elizabeth Laing, aged 3, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Alexander Laing, aged 1, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
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laing migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

laing Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Laing, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [2]
  • Robert Laing, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag" [3]
  • Mary Laing, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Alexander Laing, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham" [5]
  • Peter Laing, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [6]
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laing migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

laing Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Peter Laing, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Mr. Laing, American settler travelling from California aboard the ship "Titan" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 12th February 1852 [7]
  • Mr. D. Laing, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [7]
  • Mrs. Laing, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [7]
  • Miss Helen Laing, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name laing (post 1700)

  • Gordon Jennings Laing (1869-1945), American classical scholar
  • Dilys Laing (1906-1960), American poet
  • Philip P. Laing, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windsor; Elected 1948 [8]
  • Philip A. Laing, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1920 [8]
  • Marion H. Laing, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1917, 1919, 1920 [8]
  • John J. G. Laing, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Waukesha, Wisconsin, 1937-50 [8]
  • John D. Laing, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Cattaraugus County, 1918, 1929 [8]
  • John A. Laing, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Wayne County 2nd District, 1859 [8]
  • John Laing, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1924 [8]
  • James R. Laing, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Attorney General, 1886 [8]
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the laing family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Freeman  Laing, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. John Laing (b. 1911), Scottish Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STAG 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stag.htm
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHATHAM 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/chatham1852.shtml.
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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