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Long Name Meaning

English and French: nickname for a tall person, from Old English lang, long, Old French long ‘long’, ‘tall’ (equivalent to Latin longus). Irish (Ulster (Armagh) and Munster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Longáin (see Langan). Chinese : from the name of an official treasurer called Long, who lived during the reign of the model emperor Shun (2257–2205 bc). his descendants adopted this name as their surname. Additionally, a branch of the Liu clan (see Lau 1), descendants of Liu Lei, who supposedly had the ability to handle dragons, was granted the name Yu-Long (meaning roughly ‘resistor of dragons’) by the Xia emperor Kong Jia (1879–1849 bc). Some descendants later simplified Yu-Long to Long and adopted it as their surname. Chinese : there are two sources for this name. One was a place in the state of Lu in Shandong province during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). The other source is the Xiongnu nationality, a non-Han Chinese people. Chinese : variant of Lang. Cambodian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Tong, Gong, Rong, Lang, Kong, Song, Hong, Ling, Dong, Leng

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Long Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Long. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Long Family Origin

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Long Family Occupations

What did your Long ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Long occupation in Canada was Farmer. 34% of Long's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Long. A less common occupation for the Long family was Student.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Labourer

  • Student


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Long Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Long. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Long 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 121,000 immigration records available for the last name Long. 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 391,000 military records available for the last name Long. For the veterans among your Long ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Long Life Expectancy

What is the average Long lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Long life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Long in 1940 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Long ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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