Last name origins & meanings:
- Chinese: variant of Tang 2.
- Chinese: variant of Tang 3.
- Chinese: from a modification of the character Zhong
(). In the Xia dynasty (2205–1766 bc), there
existed a senior adviser whose name was Zhonggu. Much later, in the
Ming dynasty (1368–1644 ad), some descendants settled along
a river that became known as the Tong Family river. As the Manchus
moved southwards, some took up residence by this river and they too
adopted Tong as their surname.
- Chinese: from Lao Tong, the ‘style name’ given to a son of
Zhuan Xu, legendary emperor of the 26th century bc. Two of
his sons became important advisers to the next emperor, Ku. Some
descendants of Lao Tong adopted a character from his style name as
- Chinese: see also Dong.
- English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of tongs
(Old English tang(e)), or a habitational name from one of the
places named with this word (there are examples in Lancashire,
Shropshire, and West Yorkshire), from their situation by a fork in a
road or river, considered as resembling a pair of tongs.
- English: topographic name for someone who lived on a tongue of land, or
a habitational name from a place named with this word (Old English
tunge, Old Norse tunga), for example Tonge in
- Dutch: from a short form of the personal name
Antonius (see Anthony). It could also be from Dutch
tong ‘tongue’ and hence a nickname for a chatterbox or scold,
or possibly a shortening of Van Tongeren, a habitational name
for someone from Tongeren in the province of Gelderland.
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