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Chon Name Meaning

Korean (Chŏn): written 전 in Chinese characters 全 meaning ‘complete’ or ‘perfect’. There are actually three Chinese characters for the surname Chŏn. (i) Some sources number the clans which use the most common character 全 as high as 178 but only seventeen have been documented. All of these descend from a common ancestor Chŏn Sŏp (全 聶). The founding king of the Koguryŏ kingdom (37 BCAD 668) had three sons the youngest of whom went south and established what would later become one of Koguryŏ's rival kingdoms Paekche. This son took with him ten servants one of whom was Chŏn Sŏp. (ii) Five clans use the second most common Chinese character for their surname. These clans descended from different ancestors at least two of whom migrated to Korea from China. (iii) The clan which uses the least common character the Mun’gyŏng Chŏn descends from an ancestor named Chŏn Yu-gŏm. Chŏn Yu-gŏm was a minister sent from China to visit the Koryŏ court in the mid 14th century. He decided to stay in Korea and married the elder sister of a famous Koryŏ general Ch’oe Yŏng. When the Koryŏ kingdom fell to the Chosŏn kingdom in 1392 Chŏn abandoned his government post and retired to the countryside to pass the remainder of his years in peaceful obscurity. Compare Cheon Chun 11 Jeon and Jon Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 莊 see Zhuang . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 張 see Zhang

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cho, Chong, Choe, Chin, Shan, Chen, Cao, Choi, Chan, Chou

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You can see how Chon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Chon families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 31 Chon families living in California. This was about 51% of all the recorded Chon's in USA. California had the highest population of Chon families in 1880.
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What did your Chon ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Waiter and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Chon. 20% of Chon men worked as a Waiter and 60% of Chon women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chon were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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

  • Waiter
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Chon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Chon in 1957 was 43, and 69 in 2004.

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