The surname Ling was first found in Somserset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held the village of Ling, near Bridgewater.
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Migration of the Ling family to Ireland
Some of the Ling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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:
Ling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Mr. Benjamin Ling, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tobago" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th September 1842 
Frank Ling, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
W. Ling, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1865
Henry Ling, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
Mrs. Alison Louise Ling (1919-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash 
^ 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)