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Tang Name Meaning

Chinese : variant spelling of Deng. Chinese : from the name of the region of Tang, in present-day Shanxi province. The legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc) granted this region to his son Dan Zhu, whose descendants eventually adopted it as their surname. They held power in the region until they were conquered by Cheng Wang, second king (1115–1079 bc) of the Zhou dynasty. Cheng Wang granted the region to his brother Shu Yu, whose descendants also adopted the place name Tang as a surname. This character is also that used for the Tang dynasty (618–907). Chinese : from the given name of Cheng Tang, Prince of Shang, a model of virtue and humanity, who overthrew the corrupt last king of the Xia Dynasty and became first emperor of the Shang Dynasty, in 1766 bc. Some of his descendants adopted Tang as their surname. Chinese : Cantonese variant of Teng. 1. Vietnamese: unexplained. Korean: only one Chinese character is used in Korean for the surname Tang, and the Miryang is the only Tang clan. Its founding ancestor, Tang Song, migrated from Yüan China some time during the latter part of the 14th century. This is a comparatively rare surname in Korea.

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

Similar surnames: Wang, Yang, Pang, Tong, Kang, Tan, Teng, Fang, Sang, Hang

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You can see how Tang families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tang family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tang families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Tang family living in Maine. This was 100% of all the recorded Tang's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Tang families in 1840.
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What did your Tang ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tang. 19% of Tang men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Tang women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tang were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
  • Proprietor
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Laborer
  • Maid
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Tang. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Tang. For the veterans among your Tang ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tang lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Tang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Tang in 1953 was 61, and 73 in 2004.

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