The Ping family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Ping is derived from the personal name Payne. Ping is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Although this interpretation of the etymology of the surname Ping is uncertain, it is generally accepted at the present time.
The surname Ping was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Ping has appeared in various documents spelled Pagan, Paganell, Paganel, Pagnell and others.
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ping or a variant listed above:
Ping Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
^ 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)