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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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You can see how Chang families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chang family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Chang families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 93 Chang families living in California. This was about 74% of all the recorded Chang's in the USA. California had the highest population of Chang families in 1880.
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What did your Chang ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Chang. 12% of Chang men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Chang women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chang were Proprietor and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Proprietor
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    19%
  • Waitress
    10%
  • Packer
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Chang. For the veterans among your Chang ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chang lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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