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Chon Family History

Chon Name Meaning

Korean (Ch{ou}n): there are three Chinese characters for the surname Ch{ou}n. Some sources number the clans which use the most common character as high as 178, but only seventeen have been documented. All of these descend from a common ancestor, Ch{ou}n S{ou}p. The founding king of the Kogury{ou} kingdom (37 bc–ad 668) had three sons, the youngest of whom went south and established what would later become one of Kogury{ou}’s rival kingdoms, Paekche. This son took with him ten servants, one of whom was Ch{ou}n S{ou}p. 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. The clan which uses the least common character, the Mun’gy{ou}ng Ch{ou}n, descends from an ancestor named Ch{ou}n Yu-g{ou}m. Ch{ou}n Yu-g{ou}m was a minister sent from China to visit the Kory{ou} court in the mid 14th century. He decided to stay in Korea and married the elder sister of a famous Kory{ou} general, Ch’oe Y{ou}ng. When the Kory{ou} kingdom fell to the Chos{ou}n kingdom in 1392, Ch{ou}n abandoned his government post and retired to the countryside to pass the remainder of his years in peaceful obscurity.

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

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 the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 31 Chon families living in California. This was about 51% of all the recorded Chon's in the 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 US 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 Dishwasher and Clerk.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Waiter
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Dishwasher

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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