Tong name meaning

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

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Tong mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Tong

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Germany, the name Tong means "Multiple origins exist:. 1. A place name derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for tongue, where a river or road splits. This name would be for a person dwelling at that location next to the river or road. 2. Tong means 'North' in Old Norse so this name could be used for a person in the British isles that has come from Northern lands (like Scandinavia). 3. A trade name for a blacksmith's apprentice/assistant that would hold the tongs when assisting the smith in their work. 4. A variant of tongue, an Anglo-Saxon name for a person that is known for their speech or voice or even given to a tell-tale or scold".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tong
In China, an association, secret society, or organization of any kind; in the United States, usually, a secret association of Chinese such as that of the highbinders; in the U. S. the tongs have been frequently associated with criminal activity and gang warfare.

Etymology: Chinese t'ang, lit., hall


From Old English tange, from Proto-Germanic *tangō, from Proto-Indo-European *denḱ- (“to bite”). Cognate with Old Norse tǫng (modern Icelandic töng), Old High German zanga (modern German Zange). Other cognates include Sanskrit दशति (dáśati, “to bite”) and Albanian dang (“bite, nip”).

  1. An instrument or tool used for manipulating things in a fire without touching them with the hands.

From Cantonese (tong⁴).

  1. A Chinese secret society or gang.

    tong was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Chuukese, Dutch, Malay, Mandarin, Norwegian Nynorsk, Vietnamese, and Westrobothnian

    Notable Persons Named Tong

    Notable Persons Named Tong

    Hoon Lee

    Hoon Lee is an actor and voice actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2001. Hoon was given the name Tong Hoon Lee in 1973 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    Tong Liya

    Tong Liya is an actress, model, and dance instructor. She was most active from 2000 to 2000. Tong was born on August 8th, 1984 in Qapqal Xibe Autonomous County, Yili State, Xinjiang, China. Tong is also known as 丫丫 (Ya Ya), 丫爷 (Ya Ye), 美丫 (Mei Ya), and Ya Ya.

    Tong Hua

    Tong Hua is a romance novel novelist. Tong was born in 1980 in China.

    Tong Dawei

    He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Tong was born on February 3rd, 1979 in Fushun.

    Tong Bing Yu

    Her ongoing career started in 2006. Tong was born on June 14th, 1983.

    Tong Yabghu Qaghan

    He holds the title khagan of the Western Turkic Khaganate and khaganof theWestern Turkic Khaganate(618–628). He died in 628.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tong

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tong

    Pete Tong

    Pete Tong is an electronica, balearic beat, and house music musician. He was most active from 1981 to present. Pete was given the name Peter Tong on July 31st, 1958 in Dartford.

    Stanley Tong

    Stanley Tong is an artist.

    Goh Chok Tong

    Goh Chok Tong is a 2nd Prime Minister of Singapore. Goh was born on May 20th, 1941 in Singapore.

    Simon Tong

    Simon Tong is an alternative rock, britpop, shoegazing, and neo-psychedelia musician. He plays Guitar, keyboards, zither, and vocals. Simon was born on July 9th, 1972 in Farnworth.

    Vincent Tong

    Vincent was born on May 2nd, 1980 in Vancouver.

    Natalie Tong

    She was most prominent from 2000 to present. Natalie was born on May 3rd, 1981 in Hong Kong. Natalie is also known as 阿 Nat and 日本妹 / Yat Bun Mui (Japanese girl).

    • Ziya Tong
      Television Personality
    • Angela Tong
    • Anote Tong
      President of Kiribati
    • Liu Xiao Ling Tong
    • Chiam See Tong
      Secretary-General of the Singapore People's Party
    • Stephen Tong
    • Shen Tong
    • Lim Kay Tong
    • Trần Thái Tông
    • Lý Thánh Tông
    • Lý Nhân Tông
    • Lý Thái Tông
    • Howell Tong
    • William Tong

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Tong U.S.
      White 11.58% 64.26%
      African American 1.51% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 81.26% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.14% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.38% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.14% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Tong

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Tong

  1. How Popular is the name Tong? Tong is the 22,086th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tong was the 2,730th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Tong have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 309 babies born with the first name Tong in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tong to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Tong? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1946 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  4. When was Tong first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tong is Tuesday, July 2nd, 1872.
  5. What year had the most people named Tong born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tong was in 1993 with a total of 22 babies.
  6. Random Tong Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tong is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 7 babies in California have the same name in 1994.
  7. Weird things about the name Tong: The name spelled backwards is Gnot. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ntog. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Tong? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,196 people with the last name Tong.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tong? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Tong as their last name.
  10. Tong name meaning

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