Surname Saturday: Ping-Pang-Pung-Pagan-Paine

PingCrest  These surnames emanate from different parts of Scotland, but all are rooted in the personal name Payne.  The Old English word “payn” was a name given to a villager or someone who lived in the country.

According to House of Names, the west coast of Scotland and the Hebrides Islands were home to both the Ping and Pang families, while a northern region of Scotland, Dalriada, was home to the Pung and Pagan families.  In ancient times it was a Gaelic kingdom which comprised parts of western Scotland and northeastern Ulster in Ireland.

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