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The name Tong came to England with the ancestors of the Tong family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Tong family lived in Yorkshire, at Tongue (Tonge). However, as a habitational name, in can also be found in Lancashire, Shropshire, and West Yorkshire as many believe the name to be a topographic name for someone who lived on a tongue of land.

Tong Early Origins



The surname Tong was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Manningham in that shire. There does not appear to be a record of the village of Maningham at the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 A.D. so it must be assumed that it emerged as a manor about the 12th century. About 1400 the Tongs were well established at Manningham. Today Tonge Hall is a Grade II listed Elizabethan manor house in Tonge, Middleton, Greater Manchester, England. It is thought to have been built by the family c. 1584. Tonge is also a township, in the parish of Prestwichcum-Oldham, union of Oldham, hundred of Salford in the historical county of Lancashire. "It is probable that the family of Tonge gave name to this place, which in the 43rd of Elizabeth was possessed by a member of it named Christopher Tonge." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Tonge with Haulgh was home to another branch of the family from ancient times. "In the reign of John, lands were held here by Gilbert de Tonge." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Tong Spelling Variations


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Tong Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Tongues, Tongue, Tong, Tonge and others.

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Tong Early History


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Tong Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tong research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1600, 1621 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Tong History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tong Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tong Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tong Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tong In Ireland


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Tong In Ireland



Some of the Tong family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Tong or a variant listed above:

Tong Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Collo Tong settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767
  • Miss Tong settled in Carolina in 1774

Tong Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Tong, aged 40, landed in Rhode Island in 1813

Tong Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Tong, aged 43, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Selina Tong, aged 40, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Edith Tong, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Eliza Tong, aged 10, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Julia Tong, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tong (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tong (post 1700)



  • Kaity Tong (b. 1949), Chinese-born American broadcast journalist
  • Simon Tong (b. 1972), English guitarist and keyboardist
  • Jacqueline Tong (b. 1951), English actress
  • Stephen Tong (b. 1940), Chinese Indonesian Reformed evangelist
  • Lim Goh Tong (1918-2007), prominent wealthy Malaysian Chinese businessman

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Tong Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tong Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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