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lang is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for 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 lang is considered among etymologists to be one of the oldest. It belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. As a nickname surname lang 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.

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

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name lang were recorded, including Lang, Lange, Laing, Layng and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lang research. Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1357, 1394, and 1467 are included under the topic Early lang History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early lang Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the lang 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.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the lang family emigrate to North America:

lang Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Lang, came to Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1620

lang Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Abm Lang, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Eke Lang, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Hans Wolf Lang, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johan Lang, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Morits Lang, who landed in New York in 1709


lang Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nathaniel Lang, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Ob Lang, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1812
  • Oh Lang, who landed in Virginia in 1812
  • Abraham Lang, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Beltran Lang, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816


lang Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Lina Lang, who arrived in America in 1934

lang Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. John Lang U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784

lang Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Robertson Lang, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Barbara Lang arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
  • John Lang arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840
  • George Lang arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • Elizabeth Lang arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847


lang Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Lang, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • James Lang, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Harry Lang arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880

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  • Archie Lang (1920-2016), American actor, known for General Hospital (1963), Blow Out (1981) and Dream Lover (1993)
  • William S. Lang, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980
  • William E. Lang, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 8th District, 1932
  • William C. Lang, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 16th District, 1948
  • Ted Lang, American Republican politician, Chair of Edgar County Republican Party, 2002
  • T. D. Lang, American politician, Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, 1876
  • Sherburn Lang (b. 1858), American politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives, 1921; Member of Vermont State Senate from Caledonia County, 1923
  • Scott W. Lang, American politician, Mayor of New Bedford, Massachusetts, 2006-11
  • Sandra Lang, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
  • Robert A. Lang, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Eau Claire County 1st District; Elected 1902

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  • The Lang, Meyer, Longtin, Goussett Lines by Gloria Lang Smethers.
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The lang Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lang 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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