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Kang Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of Kang Shu, the eighth son of Wen Wang, who was granted the state of Wei (see Wei 3) soon after the founding of the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc. Many of his descendants later adopted Kang as their surname. Another source of the name comes from the Kang Ju tribe, who moved into China from central Asia during the Han dynasty (206 bc–220 ad), and adopted their tribal name, Kang, as their surname. Chinese : variant of Geng 2. Korean: there are five Chinese characters for the surname Kang. Some records indicate that there are as many as one hundred separate Kang clans, but only four have actually been documented. There is one Chinese character for each clan. The fifth character is an alternate character for the smallest of the Kang clans, and is the result of a scribal error which was introduced in 1908. That segment of the smaller Kang clan which was labeled with the alternate character still uses it and recognizes it as the character for their surname. The largest clan, the Kang family of Chinju, first appears in the historical record in ad 597. Many members of the largest Kang clan still live in the area of Chinju of Kyongsang Province. The second Kang clan is centered on Cheju Island. The two smaller Kang clans have only a few households in all of Korea.

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

Similar surnames: Wang, Yang, Tang, Pang, Kong, Fang, Sang, Kan, Zang, Hang

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You can see how Kang families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kang family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Kang families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 12 Kang families living in California. This was about 31% of all the recorded Kang's in the USA. California had the highest population of Kang families in 1880.
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What did your Kang ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kang. 30% of Kang men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Kang women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kang were Farmer and Winder.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Proprietor
  • Manager
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Typist
  • Teacher
  • Winder
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Kang. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Kang. For the veterans among your Kang ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kang lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Kang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Kang in 1963 was 90, and 73 in 2004.

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