The English, Scottish and northern Irish surname Strong is of nickname origin deriving from the Middle English term strang meaning “strong.” The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Stronge. This was dated 1185, in the register of the Knights Templar for the county of Warwickshire. In Scotland John Strang was elected a councilor in the city of Aberdeen in 1398. On February 1st 1685, Charles Strong appeared on a list of "Monmouth rebels" held at Dorchester Gaol, and destined for transportation to the island of Barbados. The name was brought to Ireland by Scottish settlers in the 17th Century and is most frequently found in the northern counties of Cavan, Down and Donegal. Today there are more than 45,000 people with the last name Strong living in The United States.
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