Ling Family History

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Ling Name Meaning

English (mainly East Anglia): habitational name from Lyng in Norfolk, so named from Old English hlinc ‘hillside’, or from either of two places in Norfolk and Lincolnshire named Ling, from Old Norse lyng ‘ling’, ‘heather’. There is also a Lyng in Somerset, so named from Old English lengen ‘long place’. German: variant of Link. Chinese : from a word meaning ‘ice’. In ancient times, the imperial palace was able to enjoy ice in the summer by storing winter ice in a cellar, entrusting its care to an official called the iceman. This post was once filled during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) by a descendant of Kang Shu, the eighth son of Wen Wang, who had been granted the state of Wei soon after the establishment of the Zhou dynasty. Descendants of this particular iceman adopted the word for ice, ling, as their surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Ying, Long, Wing, Ping, Linge, Lang, Liang, Lin, Leng, Jing

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Ling Family Origin

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Ling Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Ling family was Cultivateur. Farmer, Laborer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ling. The most common Ling occupation in Canada was Farmer. 37% of Ling's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • School

  • Cultivateur


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Ling Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 99,000 census records available for the last name Ling. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ling census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Ling. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Ling. For the veterans among your Ling ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ling Life Expectancy

What is the average Ling lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Ling life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Ling in 1942 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

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