Hong Name Meaning

Chinese : from a word meaning ‘water’ or ‘flood’. During the time of the emperors Yao and Shun in the 23rd century bc, there was a clan known as the Gonggongshi. They took the name Gong as a surname, but in order to escape their enemies, needed to change the character for their surname; by the addition of a component meaning ‘water’, the name was changed to Hong. Another legend provides a more colorful account: the Gonggongshi were a warrior people, and were able to bring about a flood. However, the emperor Yu succeeded in establishing flood control, and he banished the Gonggongshi. Descendants, in order to commemorate the ability of their ancestors to cause floods, changed their name from Gong to the word for ‘flood’, Hong. Chinese : Cantonese variant of Kang 1. Chinese : variant of Xiang 2. Chinese : variant of Hang 1. Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the Hong surname in Korea. Some sources indicate that there are 59 different Hong clans, but only four can be documented. Each of the four clans claim different founding ancestors. The oldest Hong clan’s founding ancestor, Hong Ch’on-ha, migrated to Koguryo, Korea, sometime in the first half of the seventh century. The Hong surname is a fairly common one and is found throughout the Korean peninsula.

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


Similar surnames: Kong, Chong, Song, Gong, Rong, Tong, Long, Pong, Dong, Zhong

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Hong Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    14%
  • Miner

    10%
  • Laundry

    9%
  • Laborer

    7%

In 1880, Farmer, Miner and Laundry were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hong. A less common occupation for the Hong family was Laborer. The most common Hong occupation in the USA was Farmer. 14% of Hong's were Farmers.

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Between 1946 and 2004, Hong life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Hong in 1946 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hong

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