Long – Surname Saturday
Long Surname Meaning
The European surname Long is a descriptive term regarding the stature of the original bearer of the name.[i] Think of it in terms of a “long tall” individual. The Chinese surname “Long” derives from the name “Yu-Long” meaning “resistor of dragons.” Finally, there is a Cambodian variant of the name which is unexplained.[ii]
Worldwide there are approximately 516,166 people who bear the Long surname.
It is most prevalent in the United State where over half of the people with the Long surname live. Interestingly enough, Cambodia has the greatest frequency of the name where it is the 19th most prevalent name in the country.
In the United States, the greatest incidence is in California. North Carolina is 4th in incidence (people with the surname) and number one in frequency where 1 in 666 people have the surname.[iii]
Earliest Long Ancestors
Annie Deborah Long was born in Martin County, North Carolina in 1846 and died in Martin County, North Carolina in 1913.
Her father, Samuel Aquilla Long, was also born and died in North Carolina.
I don’t know where Samuel’s father, John Long, or his father’s father, Aquilla Long, were born or where they died.
In 1920 there were 1272 people with the Long surname in North Carolina. Twenty-one of those people are known descendants of Aquilla Long. I haven’t had a chance to research John Long or his father, Aquilla Long yet. I expect many more Long relatives to be found when I do that.
Direct Long Ancestors
- Great-Grandmother: Annie Deborah Long Hobbs(1846-1913)
- Samuel Aquilla Long (1820-c.1870)
- John Long
- Aquilla Long
My records have 187 descendants of Aquilla Long identified; 21 of them have the Long surname.
- Ancestry Surname Page: http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts
- Forebears Surnames Page: http://forebears.io/surnames
- Ancestry – Don Taylor’s Howell-Darling Tree accessed 30 Jan 2019.
[ii] Internet: Ancestry – Name Origins – “Long Family History” accessed 30 Jan 2019. See: https://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=Long
[iii] See Endnote #1 above – Forebears.