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What is the origin of the last name 'Bing' as in the Chandler character on 'Friends?'

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The Penguin 'Dictionary of Surnames' by Basil Cottle (my copy published in 1967)
gives two possibilities. Bing is a 'locality' name, deriving from where a person l
lived, and could be either from the Old English word meaning 'hollow' or the Old
Norse word meaning 'stall, bin; slag or refuse heap'. (p 48 in my copy)

May 19 2001, 8:47 PM
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