Chang Name Meaning

Chinese : variant of Zhang 1. Chinese : The emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc) had two advisers whose names contained this character; descendants of both of them are believed to have adopted Chang as their surname. Additionally, in the state of Wei during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) there existed a fief named Chang, the name of which was adopted by descendants of its ruling class. The Chinese character also has the meanings ‘often’ and ‘ordinary’. Chinese : variant of Zhang 2. Chinese : a rare name whose Chinese character also means ‘prosperous, flourishing’. This name is said to have originated 4500 years ago with Chang Yi, son of the legendary emperor Huang Di and father of emperor Zhuan Xu. Korean: there are 33 Chang clans in Korea, all but three of which use the same Chinese character for their surname. All of the Korean Chang clans had their origins in China, and, apart from the T{ou}ksu Chang clan and the Ch{ou}lgang Chang clan, they all originated from a single founding ancestor, Chang Ch{ou}n-p’il. He was born in China in 888 ad and fled to Korea with his father during a tumultuous period of Chinese history. The T{ou}ksu Chang clan’s founding ancestor, Chang Sul-long, stayed in Korea, having escorted Kory{ou} King Ch’ungy{ou}l’s queen-to-be from China to Korea in 1275. Most of the founding ancestors of the other Chang clans arrived in Korea from Y{uu}an China during the Kory{ou} period (ad 918–1392) or during the early Chos{ou}n period.

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


Similar surnames: Chong, Zhang, Cheng, Tang, Hong, Jiang, Xiang, Hang, Sang, Shang

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Chang Family Origin

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Chang Family Occupations

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  • Cook

    19%
  • Cigar Maker

    10%
  • Farmer

    10%
  • Laundry

    10%

In 1880, Cook, Cigar Maker and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chang. A less common occupation for the Chang family was Laundry. The most common Chang occupation in the USA was Cook. 19% of Chang's were Cooks.

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Between 1941 and 2004, Chang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1960. The average life expectancy for Chang in 1941 was 41, and 75 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chang

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