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First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010


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Fun Facts about the name Ling

  • How many people with the first name Ling have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 195 babies born with the first name Ling in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ling to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ling? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1977 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Ling first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ling is Sunday, November 1st, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Ling born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ling was in 1981 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Random Ling Factoid: According to the 1992 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ling is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1992.
  • Weird things about the name Ling: Your name in reverse order is Gnil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ngil. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ling? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,127 people with the last name Ling.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ling? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Ling as their last name.
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Popularity of Ling as a first name

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Popularity of Ling as a last name

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Common last names for Ling

  • Lee
  • Wong
  • Chang
  • Chen
  • Chin
  • Leung
  • Ng

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ling U.S.
  White 33.76% 64.26%
  African American 4.86% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 55.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.22% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.11% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.85% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ling

People with the last name Ling are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ling" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ling as well as things modernly associated with the name Ling such as celebrities named Ling.


Origin and Meaning of Ling

The name "Ling" is of Chinese origin, and it means "Sound of Jade/Dawn". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ling
A large, marine, gadoid fish (Molva vulgaris) of Northern Europe and Greenland. It is valued as a food fish and is largely salted and dried. Called also drizzle.The burbot of Lake Ontario.An American hake of the genus Phycis.A New Zealand food fish of the genus Genypterus. The name is also locally applied to other fishes, as the cultus cod, the mutton fish, and the cobia.

Etymology: OE. lenge; akin to D. leng, G. länge, Dan. lange, Sw. långa, Icel. langa. So named from its being long. See Long (a.)

noun Ling
Heather (Calluna vulgaris).

Etymology: Icel. lyng; akin to Dan. lyng, Sw. ljung

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Elongate freshwater cod of northern Europe and Asia and North America having barbels around its mouth
  2. American hakes
  3. Elongated marine food fish of Greenland and northern Europe; often salted and dried
  4. Common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
  5. Water chestnut whose spiny fruit has two rather than 4 prongs
  1. Any of various marine food fish, of the genus Molva, resembling the cod.
  2. The common ling, Molva molva.
  3. Any of various varieties of heather or broom.
    1. Common heather (Calluna vulgaris)

ling was also found in the following language(s): Albanian, Elfdalian, Irish, Kurdish, Mandarin, and Romanian

Ling Jie

Ling Jie is a gymnast. Ling was born in 1982 in Hengyang, Hunan.


Other Inspirations for the Name Ling

Ling Chi
Ling Jihua
Ling Ling
Ling Ling Vine
Ling Tosite Sigure
Ling Wancheng
Ling Yao
Ling Fish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ling

Bai Ling

Bai Ling is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1981 to present. Bai was born in 1970 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.


Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling is a journalist with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1991 to present. Lisa was born in 1973 in Sacramento, California, U.S.


Lin Zhi Ling

Lin Zhi Ling is a model. Lin was born in 1973 in Taipei, Taiwan.


Shui Ling

Shui Ling is an actress with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1 to present. Shui was born in 1975 in Chongqing, China.


What does the name Ling mean?

Lis for little, the little things you do.

Iis for innovator, always improving

Nis for number one, make sure to take care of yourself above all others

Gis for gracious, it shows everyday.

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