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Jin Name Meaning

Chinese : from the honorary surname, Jin Tianshi of Shao Hao, a son of the legendary emperor Huang Di of the 26th century bc. The character for jin also means ‘gold’ or ‘metal’. Some later descendants of Shao Hao adopted Jin as their surname. Chinese : from the name of Jin Shang, a chief official in the state of Chu during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Some of his descendants adopted this surname. Chinese : from the name of the Jin river. Wu Wang, the first king of the Zhou dynasty (1122–16 bc), granted the state of Tang to his third son. Since the Jin river flowed through it, the name of the state was later changed to Jin. Descendants of the third son adopted the new name of the state name as their surname. Korean: variant of Chin 4. Japanese: ‘ranks’ or ‘battle array’. The name is not common in Japan.

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

Similar surnames: Ji, Yin, Jing, Qin, Lin, Qi, Jia, Xin, Jiao, Min

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You can see how Jin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Jin families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 17 Jin families living in California. This was about 52% of all the recorded Jin's in USA. California had the highest population of Jin families in 1880.
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What did your Jin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Cook was the top reported job for people in the USA named Jin. 50% of Jin men worked as a Cook. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Manager
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Jin. 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 448 military records available for the last name Jin. For the veterans among your Jin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jin lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Jin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Jin in 1951 was 42, and 69 in 2004.

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