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Im Name Meaning

Korean: written 임 and 림 in Chinese characters 林 meaning ‘forest’. There are actually two Chinese characters for this surname. The founding ancestors of all Korean Im clans were originally from China. Some sources indicate that there are 216 clans that use the most common character (林) but only two – the Naju Im family and the P’ŏngt’aek Im family – have actually been documented. The founding ancestor of the P’yŏngt’aek Im family Im P’algŭp immigrated to Korea from China during the Tang Dynasty and settled in the P’yŏngt’aek area. The Naju Im clan is said to be descended from the P’ŏngt’aek Im clan. Members of the Im clans which use this more common Chinese character are found throughout the peninsula. Compare Lim 2 and Rim . Korean: written 임 in Chinese characters 任 meaning ‘to entrust’. Although some sources indicate that there are 120 Im clans that use this Chinese character only two of these are documented: the Im clan of Changhŭng and the Im clan of P’ungch’ŏn. The founders of these two clans are also from China. The founders of both the Changhŭng Im clan and the P’ungch’ŏn Im clan came to Korea during the Koryŏ period (AD 918–1392) the latter while escorting a princess bride to the Koryŏ court. About fifty percent of the Ims bearing the less common character as a surname live in South Ch’ungch’ŏng province. Compare Lim 2 Rim and Yim Cambodian: written អ៊ឹម (also អឹម) of Chinese origin from 任 (see Ren ) but also corresponding to the Khmer word meaning e.g. ‘to nurse’. អ៊ឹម or អឹម may alternatively be the Khmer spelling of the Chinese surname 林 (see Lin ). Chinese: alternative Cantonese form of the surname 嚴 see Yan Chinese: Teochew or Hokkien form of the surname 陰 see Yin

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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You can see how Im families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Im family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Im families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 3 Im families living in California. This was 100% of all the recorded Im's in USA. California had the highest population of Im families in 1880.
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In 1940, Butcher was the top reported job for people in the USA named Im. 50% of Im men worked as a Butcher. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Butcher
    50%
  • Salesman
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Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Im life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Im in 1966 was 65, and 72 in 2004.

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