lang History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the lang family

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

Early History of the lang family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lang research. Another 201 words (14 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 and printed products wherever possible.

lang Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the lang family (pre 1700)

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

lang World Ranking

In the United States, the name lang is the 542nd most popular surname with an estimated 52,227 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name lang is ranked the 424th most popular surname with an estimated 11,020 people with that name. [2] And in France, the name lang is the 606th popular surname with an estimated 7,765 people with that name. [3] Australia ranks lang as 368th with 9,911 people. [4] New Zealand ranks lang as 457th with 1,512 people. [5] The United Kingdom ranks lang as 732nd with 9,177 people. [6]

Ireland Migration of the lang family to Ireland

Some of the lang family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States lang migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1620
lang Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abm Lang, who arrived in New York in 1709 [7]
  • Eke Lang, who arrived in New York in 1709 [7]
  • Hans Wolf Lang, who landed in New York in 1709 [7]
  • Johan Lang, who arrived in New York in 1709 [7]
  • Morits Lang, who landed in New York in 1709 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
lang Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nathaniel Lang, aged 36, who arrived in New York in 1812 [7]
  • Ob Lang, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1812 [7]
  • Oh Lang, who landed in Virginia in 1812 [7]
  • Abraham Lang, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [7]
  • Beltran Lang, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
lang Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Miss Jessie Lang, (b. 1900), aged 4, American returning from Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lucania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 15th October 1904 en route to Montana, USA [8]
  • Mr. Lewis Lang, (b. 1874), aged 30, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Lucania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 15th October 1904 en route to Montana, USA [8]
  • Mrs. Mary A. Lang, (b. 1883), aged 21, English settler travelling aboard the ship "Lucania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 15th October 1904 en route to Montana, USA [8]
  • Mr. Samuel Lang, (b. 1884), aged 21, Cornish engine fitter, from Penryn, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lucania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA [8]
  • Lina Lang, who arrived in America in 1934 [7]

Canada lang migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lang Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Lang U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [9]
lang Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Margaret Lang, aged 27 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "James Moran" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [10]
  • Mrs. Margaret Lang, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [10]
  • Ms. Mary Ann Lang, aged 22 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Munn" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 31st August 1847 [10]
  • Mr. Martin Lang, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Golden Spring" departing 27th May 1847 from London, England; the ship arrived on 13th July 1847 but he died on board [11]

Australia lang migration to Australia +

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

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, Australia [12]
  • Mr. Thomas Lang, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [13]
  • Mr. Alexander Lang, (b. 1794), aged 34, Scottish stone cutter who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 14 years for robbery, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 29th April 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1833 [14]
  • Mr. William Lang, Scottish convict who was convicted in Ayr, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [15]
  • Miss Nancy Lang, Scottish Convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atwick" on 28 September 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [16]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand lang 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:

lang Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Lang, aged 11, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Mr. James Lang, (b. 1827), aged 23, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [17]
  • Mrs. Mary Lang, (b. 1824), aged 26, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [17]
  • Miss Mary Lang, (b. 1850), aged Infant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [17]
  • Mr. Joseph Lang, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name lang (post 1700) +

  • Eugene Michael "Gene" Lang (1919-2017), American businessman who founded REFAC Technology Development Corporation in 1951 and later a noted philanthropist, creator of I Have A Dream Foundation in 1981, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1996
  • Archie Lang (1920-2016), American actor, known for General Hospital (1963), Blow Out (1981) and Dream Lover (1993)
  • Brigadier-General John Walton Lang (1883-1967), American Military Attaché to Argentina (1941-1945) [18]
  • Serge Lang (1927-2005), French-born American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition in 1999
  • Anton Lang (b. 1913), American plant physiologist, and winner of many awards
  • Paul Henry Lang (b. 1901), Hungarian-born pianist who became editor of the "Musical Quarterly"
  • Stephen Lang (b. 1952), American actor and co-artistic director of the famed Actor's Studio at its headquarters in New York City
  • Fritz Lang (1890-1976), Austrian/American film director
  • David Lang (b. 1957), American composer awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music
  • Joseph L. Lang, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 7.83 aerial victories
  • ... (Another 69 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Werner Lang (1922-1941), German Schreibergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [19]
  • Alfred Lang (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [19]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Benjamin Lang, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [20]
Flight 191
  • Mrs. Lang, American passenger from Barrington, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [21]
Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Raymond A. Lang (1945-1996), from North Massapequa, New York, USA, American TWA crew member flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [22]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Fo  Lang, Chinese Assistant Cook aboard the SS Curaca from China who died in the explosion [23]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. William Hugh Lang (1921-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Punchbowl, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [24]
  • Mr. John Lang (1916-1941), Australian Able Seaman from East Coorparoo, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [24]
HMS Cornwall
  • Robert Russell Lang (d. 1942), British Able Seaman aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [25]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Joseph Patrick Lang (b. 1920), Scottish Stoker 2nd Class from Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [26]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Robert Gage Somers Lang, British Captain, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [27]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Fang Lang, aged 26, Chinese Third Class passenger from Hong Kong who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 14 [28]
Triangle Waist Company
  • Miss Christina Lang, American worker who was at Triangle Waist Company factory at the Asch building in Greenwich Village on the 25th March 1911 when fire broke out; she survived the fire [29]


Suggested Readings for the name lang +

  • The Lang, Meyer, Longtin, Goussett Lines by Gloria Lang Smethers.

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