The family name emerged in the old duchy of Saxony
, which existed from the 9th to the 12th centuries. A common form of surname found in Lower Saxony
are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Lian is derived from the Old German word "lang," which means "long," and it was a nickname
for a very tall person.
Early Origins of the Lian family
The surname Lian was first found in Lueneburg, in the Dukedom of Brunswick, where this family contributed to the local
society. The family became an integral part of that turbulent region as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal
Early History of the Lian family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lian research.Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1567, 1184, 1519, 1350, 1733, 1711, 1), , 1764, 1835, 1824, 1828, 1875, 1848 and 1930 are included under the topic Early Lian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lian Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Lian family (pre 1700)
Notables of the time included Samuel Gotthold Lange (1711-81), who was a poet and translator. The knight Karl Heinrich von Lang (1764-1835) was a German historian and private secretary to the Prussian statesman... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lian family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Lang, who was the first of the Langs to arrive in the New World. He came to Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1620. Johann Lange came to St. Christopher in 1635. A number of Langs emigrated to England
and/or America in 1709.
Contemporary Notables of the name Lian (post 1700)
- Tor Lian (1945-2016), Norwegian sports official, President of the European Handball Federation (2004-2012)
- Lian Hearn (b. 1942), pseudonym for Gillian Rubinstein, an English-born children's author and playwright