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Ding Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin or Cantonese form of the surname 丁 meaning ‘male adult’ or ‘population’ in Chinese: (i) from Qi Ding Gong (齊丁公 Duke Ding of Qi) posthumous title of Jiang Ji son of Jiang Ziya or Jiang Tai Gong (c. 11th century BC an official who lived during the Western Zhou dynasty). (ii) from the personal name of Ding Hou (丁侯) meaning ‘Marquis Ding’ title of an official during the late Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). (iii) from the personal name of Ding Kuang (丁匡) originally called Sun Kuang a grandson of Sun Quan (182–252 AD). Sun Quan was the king of the state of Wu (located mainly in present-day Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces) during the Three Kingdoms period (220–280 AD). His change of surname was ordered by his grandfather whose displeasure he had incurred. (iv) from the personal name of Ding Qing (丁慶) a person in the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127 AD) who changed his original name Yu to Ding (丁). (v) the surname was also brought to China by immigrants from Central Asia. (vi) it can also be traced back to other minority ethnic groups such as the Shanyue group in southeastern China the Xianbei group in northern China and certain other groups in southwestern China. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 鄧 based on its Teochew Hokkien or Taiwanese pronunciation. See Deng . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 陳 possibly based on its Hokchew (Fuzhou) pronunciation a Min dialect spoken in the provincial capital of Fujian province see Chen English (Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire): nickname possibly denoting a metal worker from Middle English ding ‘blow or beating’.

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

Similar surnames: Ying, Ling, Jing, Ping, Xing, Dang, Dong, Xiang, King, Deng

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You can see how Ding families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ding family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Ding families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1880 there were 20 Ding families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Ding's in USA. New York had the highest population of Ding families in 1880.
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What did your Ding ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ding. 29% of Ding men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Ding women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ding were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Cook
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Bookkeeper
  • Maid
  • Teacher
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Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Ding life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ding in 1959 was 42, and 77 in 2004.

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