Family name origins & meanings
- English : variant spelling of Ling 1.
- Norwegian : habitational name from any of several farmsteads in western Norway named with lyng ‘heather’, either on its own, or with the addition of vin ‘meadow’.
- Dutch (de Linge) and North German : habitational name from a place named with Old Low German linge ‘strip of land or water’, or possibly with the river name Linge (this river flows through the Betuwe). See also Lingen.
- Possibly French, from a metonymic occupational name from linge ‘linen goods’, but there is no evidence of surname in North America.