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Ong Family History

Recorded in several spelings including Ong, Yong, Yonge, Yonges and others, this is an English surname. It is one of the many dialectal forms of the pre 7th century word 'geong', of which the most popular manifestation as a surname is 'Young'. The meaning is an endearment meaning 'The young one' and as such at may have been a nickname, but more likely was baptismal, and probably patronymic. It is said that ' Onn and Ong' are also found as an anglicised form of a Chinese name, but if so this is a recent development and has no bearing on British name holders.

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