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Lang is a surname of Germanic origin, closely related to Lange, Laing and Long, all of which mean "tall".

"Lang" is also a surname in Hungary, a cognate of the Hungarian word for "flame." [1]

Independently of this, it is also a surname of Manchu-Chinese origin (Chinese: ; pinyin: Láng). In Qing dynasty China, the Niohuru family of Manchu origin sinicized and changed their family name to Lang (), which sounded like "wolf" (, also Láng) in Mandarin Chinese, since "wolf" in the Manchu language was niohuru.[2]






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  2. ^ Edward J. M. Rhoads (2001). Manchus & Han: ethnic relations and political power in late Qing and early republican China, 1861-1928 (reprint, illustrated ed.). University of Washington Press. p. 56. ISBN 9780295804125. and when the ancient and politically prominent Manchu lineage of Niohuru adopted the Han-style surname Lang, he ridiculed them for having "forgotten their roots." (The Niohuru, whose name was derived from niohe, Manchu for wolf," had chosen Lang as their surname because it was a homophone for the Chinese word for "wolf.")