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Ming Name Meaning

English: possibly from a shortened form of Mingay from the Breton personal name Menguy (composed of the Breton elements men ‘stone’ and ki ‘dog’). The personal name was introduced to England after the Conquest by Breton followers of the Normans. Chinese: Mandarin or Cantonese form of the surname 明: (i) from the personal name Ming (明) which was the style name of Meng Ming Shi (孟明視) a famous general in the state of Qin during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (ii) adopted as a surname during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD) by the Yi Dou Juan (壹鬥眷) family who were members of the Xianbei ethnic group in ancient northern China. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 閔 see Min Chinese: Teochew Hokkien or Taiwanese form of the surname 孟 see Meng These dialects can be found in eastern Guangdong Fujian and Taiwan from where many people migrated to Singapore Malaysia Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia. Chinese: possibly from Cantonese form of the Chinese names 明 (meaning ‘bright’) or 銘 (meaning ‘inscription’) or 鳴 (meaning ‘singing of birds’) which were monosyllabic personal names or part of disyllabic personal names of some early Chinese immigrants in the US.

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

Similar surnames: Ping, Meng, Jing, Ying, Min, Ing, Xing, Xiang, Ling, Ring

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You can see how Ming families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ming family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ming families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Ming families living in New York. This was about 23% of all the recorded Ming's in USA. New York had the highest population of Ming families in 1840.
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What did your Ming ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ming. 16% of Ming men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Ming women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ming were Salesman and 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Cook
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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Ming life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Ming in 1943 was 46, and 82 in 2004.

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