The ancient German region of the Rhineland
was the original home of the ancestors of the Linger surname. Linger was a local
name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local
names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Linger was a name for someone who lived beside a grove of lime trees.
The family name Linger is derived from the German word linde,
which means lime tree.
The original bearer was named for his proximity to a hill crowned by lime trees.
Early Origins of the Linger family
The surname Linger was first found in the Lower Rhine, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Chronicles first mention Henczel unter der lynden of Freiberg (Saxony) in 1383, Hannus von der Linde in 1440, Jacob Lindner of Tirol in 1348, Johann van Lynder of the lower Rhine in 1528, and Hermann Lindeman of Hanover in 1335. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal
Early History of the Linger family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linger research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1562, 1563, 1650, 1705, 1760, 1836, 1842, 1852, and 1873 are included under the topic Early Linger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Linger Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Linger include Linde, Linden Linder, Lindner, Lindener and others.
Early Notables of the Linger family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Linger during this period were Michael Lindener (1520-1562), who was a strolling scholar and schoolmaster in Nuremberg, Ulm, and Augsburg, where he was finally executed for murder. Otto zur Linde (1873-1938) was a... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Linger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Linger family to the New World and Oceana
Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island
, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Linger, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:
Linger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Rene Linger, aged 45, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Linger (post 1700)
- Wolfgang Linger (b. 1982), Austrian retired luger who achieved seven gold medals, five silver medals and eight bronze medals, brother of Andrea Linger
- Paul Linger (b. 1974), English former professional footballer
- Ortwin Linger (1967-1989), Dutch-Surinamese footballer
- James Linger (b. 1990), Australian Major League Baseball player for the Atlanta Braves
- Chelton Linger (b. 1988), Dutch footballer
- Carl Linger (1810-1862), German-born, Australian composer who in 1859 wrote the melody for the patriotic "Song of Australia"
- Andreas Linger (b. 1981), Austrian retired luger who achieved seven gold medals, five silver medals and eight bronze medals
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- ^ 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)