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Kong Family History

Kong Name Meaning
Korean: There are two Chinese characters for the surname Kong. One of these is borne by only one clan, the other by two clans. One of the Kong clans claims Confucius as its ancestor, the 53rd ancestor of Confucius having migrated from his home in China to Koryo and settled in Ch’angwon, where his grave can still be seen today. The other two Kong clans, the Kimhae Kong and the Munch’on Kong clans both sprang from descendants of a famous T’ang Chinese scholar, Kong Yun-po. A man named Kong Myong-nye founded the Kimhae Kong clan when he was exiled to Kimhae during the reign of Choson King Songjong in the latter half of the fifteenth century. The founder of the Munch’on Kong clan, Kong Chin-on, was banished to Munchon in Hamgyong province during the reign of Choson King Sejong during the first half of the fifteenth century.Chinese : Cheng Tang was the first king of the Shang dynasty, founded in 1766 bc. Although now known as Cheng Tang, his surname was Zi, and he had a ‘style name’ (given around age 20) of Tai Yi. Later descendants of his combined the character for Zi with the character for Yi, creating the character for Kong, and adopted the latter as their surname. The Con in ‘Confucius’ represents this surname.Chinese : variant of Jiang 1.Chinese : variant of Gong 1.Cambodian: unexplained.Danish: nickname from Danish kong ‘king’, or occupational nickname for someone in the service of the king.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

55,330 Historical Documents with Kong on Ancestry.com
16,348 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
11,969 Military Records
15,545 Immigration Records
9,238 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Kong Families

  • Number of Kong families
     48 - 94
     17 - 47
     1 - 16
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Kong families
     4 - 6
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Kong families
     3 - 2
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Kong Family Origin

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Kong Immigration Information

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Kong Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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