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Yang Family History

Yang Name Meaning

Korean: there are four Chinese characters used for the Yang surname, but only two are common enough to consider here; they have between them eight clans. The founding ancestor of the Ch’ongju Yang clan was Chinese and stayed in Korea after escorting Koryo, King Kongmin’s future queen to Korea. The first historical ancestor of the Cheju Yang clan was a Shilla figure named Yang T’ang, but according to legend, his distant ancestor was one of three men who ascended from a cave on the north side of Cheju Island’s Halla Mountain. These three men were the founders of the Yang, Pu, and Ko clans. The legendary founder of the Yang clan was named Yang Ul-la. Some days after their emergence, a box washed up on the shore of the island. In the box were three women, horses, cows, and agricultural seed. From these beginnings, the three established Cheju’s T’amnaguk kingdom and ruled peacefully for 900 years. Later, descendants of the three men settled throughout Korea, although 40 percent of the Yang clan still live on Cheju island and in Cholla province. Chinese : from the name of the state of Yang during the Zhou Dynasty. The first king of this dynasty, Wu Wang (1122–1116 bc), had a son named Tang Shuyu; a descendant of his was enfeoffed the state of Yang, and later descendants adopted the name of the state as their surname. Chinese : from a region called Yang that existed in the state of Qi during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). Chinese : in the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), there existed in the state of Jin a senior adviser with the surname Yang-she. During the Warring States period (403–221 bc) his descendants fled to escape destruction by the conquering Qin, and simplified their surname to Yang. Laotian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Wang, Pang, Yan, Kang, Tang, Ying, Yong, Fang, Xiang, Long

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You can see how Yang families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yang family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Yang families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Yang families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 75% of all the recorded Yang's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Yang families in 1840.
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What did your Yang ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Yang. 24% of Yang men worked as a Farmer and 36% of Yang women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yang were Cook and Laborer.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Waiter
  • Cook

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Secretary
  • Laborer
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Yang lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Yang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Yang in 1959 was 54, and 68 in 2004.

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