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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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Where is the Hong family from?

You can see how Hong families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hong family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hong families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Hong families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Hong's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hong families in 1840.
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What did your Hong ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Cook and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hong. 15% of Hong men worked as a Cook and 12% of Hong women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hong were Laborer and None.

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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

  • Cook
  • Proprietor
  • Waiter
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
  • Waitress
  • Secretary
  • None
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Hong. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hong census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Hong. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Hong. For the veterans among your Hong ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hong lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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