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Kong Family History

Kong Name Meaning

Korean: There are two Chinese characters for the surname Kong. One of these is borne by only one clan, the other by two clans. One of the Kong clans claims Confucius as its ancestor, the 53rd ancestor of Confucius having migrated from his home in China to Koryo and settled in Ch’angwon, where his grave can still be seen today. The other two Kong clans, the Kimhae Kong and the Munch’on Kong clans both sprang from descendants of a famous T’ang Chinese scholar, Kong Yun-po. A man named Kong Myong-nye founded the Kimhae Kong clan when he was exiled to Kimhae during the reign of Choson King Songjong in the latter half of the fifteenth century. The founder of the Munch’on Kong clan, Kong Chin-on, was banished to Munchon in Hamgyong province during the reign of Choson King Sejong during the first half of the fifteenth century. Chinese : Cheng Tang was the first king of the Shang dynasty, founded in 1766 bc. Although now known as Cheng Tang, his surname was Zi, and he had a ‘style name’ (given around age 20) of Tai Yi. Later descendants of his combined the character for Zi with the character for Yi, creating the character for Kong, and adopted the latter as their surname. The Con in ‘Confucius’ represents this surname. Chinese : variant of Jiang 1. Chinese : variant of Gong 1. Cambodian: unexplained. Danish: nickname from Danish kong ‘king’, or occupational nickname for someone in the service of the king.

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

Similar surnames: Song, Hong, Kang, Tong, Gong, Rong, Pong, Long, Yong, Dong

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You can see how Kong families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kong family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kong families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 99 Kong families living in California. This was about 70% of all the recorded Kong's in the USA. California had the highest population of Kong families in 1880.
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What did your Kong ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kong. 18% of Kong men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Kong women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kong were Salesman and Waitress.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Waiter
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Seamstress
  • Waitress
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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Kong. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Kong. For the veterans among your Kong ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kong lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kong life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kong in 1944 was 35, and 77 in 2004.

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