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Fang Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of Ji Fang Shu, a senior adviser to the penultimate king of the Western Zhou dynasty, Xuan Wang (827–781 bc). He is known for the expeditions he undertook to calm southern tribes. His descendants adopted part of his name, Fang, as their surname. Chinese : from the name of the ancient state of Fang (in present-day Henan province). The model emperor Yao (2357–2257 bc) was admired by Confucius for his virtuous leadership and his selection of his successor, Shun, on grounds of merit rather than heredity. (Yao passed over his own son, Dan Zhu, who did not display governing ability, and chose Shun.) When Shun ascended the throne, he granted the state of Fang to Dan Zhu’s son. His descendants eventually adopted the name of the state Fang as their surname. German: from Middle High German vanc ‘catch’, ‘enclosure’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosed plot of land, a hunting ground, a place where traps were set (for game or fish), or a pit; or a byname, meaning ‘the catch’, for a foreigner who had been forced into bondage.

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

Similar surnames: Wang, Feng, Tang, Fan, Pang, Yang, Kang, Sang, Zang, Lang

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You can see how Fang families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fang family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Fang families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 17 Fang families living in California. This was about 33% of all the recorded Fang's in the USA. California had the highest population of Fang families in 1880.
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What did your Fang ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Waiter and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fang. 16% of Fang men worked as a Waiter and 25% of Fang women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fang were Operator and Housework.

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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
  • Proprietor
  • Cook
  • Operator

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Servant
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Housework
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Fang. For the veterans among your Fang ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fang lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Fang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Fang in 1960 was 71, and 74 in 2004.

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