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What does the name Young mean?

Young is a relatively common surname that, when found in the British Isles, is primarily derived from the nickname given to distinguish a father and son of the same personal name in a particular family. The word Young has roots in the Middle English yunge or yonge, with the same meaning. The Young surname is the 11th most common in New Zealand, 22nd in Scotland, and 49th in England. It can also be seen as an anglicisation of a number of similar names in other languages, such as Jong or De Jong (Dutch), Jung or Junk (German), Ljung (Swedish) and Dion, Guyon, Lejeune or Lajeunesse (French).

The earliest occurrence of the Young surname in our family history documents is from 1380, and we currently have 3,999,681 records where Young appears.

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