Young (surname)

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The surname Young has several origins.

In some cases — particularly in England, northern Ireland, and Scotland – the surname is derived from the Middle English yunge, yonge ("young"); This particular surname usually originated to distinguish a younger son.

In other cases, the surname is an Americanization of any number of like-sounding, or cognate surnames in other languages. For example: the German Jung and Junk; the Dutch Jong; and the French Lejeune and Lajeunesse. The surname can also be a form of the French Dion or Guyon.

In yet other cases, it is a romanization of Chinese surnames[1] (such as 楊 (Yang)) and Korean surnames (such as 용 or 庸 (Yong or Yeong) and 양 (Yang or Yeong)).

Young is the 40th-most common surname in the United Kingdom.[2]

Notable people with this surname include:

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  • Ned Young (1766–1800), sailor
  • Nedrick Young (1914–1968), screenwriter often blacklisted during the 1950s and 1960s
  • Neil Young (born 1945), Canadian singer-songwriter and musician

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  • Owen D. Young (1874–1962), founder of RCA and diplomat; Time Man of the Year for 1929
  • Oliver Young (1855–1908), politician

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  1. ^ Young Family History, Ancestry.com, retrieved 17 May 2013 
  2. ^ British surnames