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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch (van Lingen) and German : habitational name from Lingen on the Ems river in Lower Saxony, Westphalia, and the former East Prussia.
  • English (Herefordshire) : habitational name from a place in Herefordshire, so named from an old British stream name, Welsh llyn ‘water’ + possibly cain ‘clear’, ‘beautiful’.

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