Origins Available: Irish
There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. lankin originally appeared in Gaelic as O Longain, which is derived from the word long, which means tall.
Early Origins of the lankin family
The surname lankin was first found in Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster
, in Northern Ireland
, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the lankin family
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lankin Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname lankin were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Langan, Longan, Langen, Longen, O'Lonagain, Langhan, Langin, O'Langane, O'Longane, O'Langan and many more.
Early Notables of the lankin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the lankin family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families
for the distant shores of North America and Australia
. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England
. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence
. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the lankin family relocated to North American shores quite early: Laurence Langan, an 'enforced emigrant' from Ireland
, who arrived in America in 1743; John Longan, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1775; William Langen, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1777.