Meaning and Origin
What does the name Tong mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
User Submitted Meanings
- 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".
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”).
- An instrument or tool used for manipulating things in a fire without touching them with the hands.
From Cantonese 堂 (tong⁴).
- 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