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Min Family History

Min Name Meaning

Korean: there is only one Chinese character used for the Min surname. There is a legend that the Min clan’s founding ancestor, Ch’ing-do, was a descendant of Ch’a kon, one of the ten disciples of Confucius. Ch’ing-do, an emissary from China to the Koryo kingdom, decided to stay and settled in the Yohung area. The surname Min can be found throughout Korea, but it is particularly concentrated in Cholla and Kyongsang provinces. Chinese : the source of this name was the character’s former meaning, ‘sympathy for those who die young’. The descendants of various people who died young adopted Min as their surname. Dutch: nickname from Middle Dutch minne ‘beloved’, ‘sweetheart’. Dutch: from a reduced form of the personal name Dominicus (see Dominick).

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


Similar surnames: Mun, Man, Jin, Qin, Ming, Mink, Kin, Yin, In, Xin

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Where is the Min family from?

You can see how Min families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Min family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Min families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 13 Min families living in California. This was about 41% of all the recorded Min's in the USA. California had the highest population of Min families in 1880.
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What did your Min ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the US named Min. 38% of Min men worked as a Farmer.

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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

  • Farmer
    38%
  • Waiter
    21%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Manager
    13%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Min. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Min 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Min. 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 41,000 military records available for the last name Min. For the veterans among your Min ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Min lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Min life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Min in 1955 was 56, and 75 in 2004.

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