The English surname Youngs is derived from the Old English term geong meaning "young or the younger." The name Youngs was used as a descriptive name to distinguish father from son. The name is first recorded in 1296 when Walter Yonge was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1681 when John Youngs arrived in Long Island, New York. Today there are approximately 6,000 bearers of the name Youngs living in the US.