as you might already know ETLING is a German name. But what are the origins, what does it mean?
The name ETLING itself has no meaning but there are some possibilities, where this name might come from.
1st version (most likely): ETLING comes from ÖDLING or OEDLING, meaning person who lives in a waste land (so our ancestors where farmers...but probably not the richest ones!)
2nd version: ETLING comes from EDLING, meaning a noble person (this would be by far nicer, however not very likely).
3rd version: ETLING comes from ETLIN an old jewish name as I learned. Unfortunally I do not know the meaning of this word in Hebrew or Jiddish.
Where are the origins of ETLING located in Germany? There a 66 telephone numbers of persons called ETLING in Germany (http://www.teleauskunft.de/ ...if you want to check the side). so it is a very unusual name (hey, we're unique!). Many of those peaople come from Hesse (a province where Frankfurt is located -> main airport in Germany) in the heart of Germany. The origins might most likely come from a medieval towncalled ALSFELD in the northern part of Hesse (check the webcam: http://www.alsfeld.de/uniframeset.htmlhttp://www.alsfeld.de/uniframeset.html ...in German only unfortunally).
I hope this will give you some more information. Feel free to contact me.