On names, changing them, and origins

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 7 02:52:42 EST 2003

--- "Susanna E. Leng 98"
<Susanna.E.Leng.98 at Alum.Dartmouth.ORG> wrote:
> In the spirit of names, pronunciation, and that,
> could anyone 
> perhaps throw some light on my last  name?  (Leng) 
> I have been 
> told that my grandfather's origins are from Great
> Britian, but half the 
> telemarketers that call me are speaking some unknown
> (to me) 
> Asian language.  I don't look at all Asian, which is
> often a shock to 
> people who have only seen my name on some roll call
> before they 
> meet me.  Have any of you heard of this surname
> before?  I'm very 
> curious.
The penguin dictionary of Surnames does list Leng but
doesn't say what part of England its from, although a
quick websearch suggests Yorkshire and Lincolnshire as
possibilities (or perhaps Eastern Europe). The meaning
is "Taller", it is the Old English comparative of

Jon (who never regrets aquiring a reference book)

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