Luong last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Luong is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Luong.

Meaning of Luong

A Vietnamese surname referring to a person who practices traditional medicine or healing.

Luong, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Luong surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Luong in America

Luong is the 2499th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Luong surname appeared 14,464 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 people would have the surname Luong.

We can also compare 2010 data for Luong to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 2499 2951 -16.59%
Count 14,464 11,214 25.31%
Proportion per 100k 4.90 4.16 16.34%

The history of the last name Luong

The surname Luong originated in Vietnam during the Ly Dynasty, which ruled from 1009 to 1225 AD. It is derived from the Vietnamese word luong, meaning "salary" or "wages." This suggests that the name may have been given to individuals who worked as government officials or in other positions where they received a salary.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the Luong surname can be found in the Dai Viet Su Ky Toan Thu, a historical record of the Dai Viet kingdom (modern-day Vietnam) from the 13th century. This record mentions a man named Luong Van Tung, who lived during the reign of the Tran Dynasty in the late 13th century.

In the 15th century, a famous Vietnamese poet and philosopher named Luong Nhu Hoc (1438-1505) gained recognition for his works on Confucian thought and ethical teachings. His writings were widely studied and influential during the Le Dynasty.

Another notable figure with the Luong surname was Luong Dinh Cua (1625-1679), a military leader and strategist who played a crucial role in defending Vietnam against the Qing Dynasty's invasions in the late 17th century.

In more recent history, Luong Trong Tuong (1912-1995) was a prominent Vietnamese politician and diplomat who served as the Foreign Minister of South Vietnam from 1964 to 1965.

Luong Xuan Nhi (1913-1989) was a respected Vietnamese writer and literary critic known for his contributions to modern Vietnamese literature and his advocacy for cultural preservation during the Vietnam War.

While the surname Luong is primarily associated with Vietnam, it has also been adopted by individuals of Vietnamese descent living in other countries, particularly in Southeast Asia and Western nations with significant Vietnamese diasporas.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Luong

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Luong.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Luong was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 1.12% 162
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.08% 12
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 96.63% 13,977
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.04% 6
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.39% 201
Hispanic Origin 0.73% 106

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Luong has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 1.12% 1.45% -25.68%
Black 0.08% (S)% (S)%
Asian and Pacific Islander 96.63% 96.05% 0.60%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.04% (S)% (S)%
Two or More Races 1.39% 1.85% -28.40%
Hispanic 0.73% 0.44% 49.57%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Luong was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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