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Yin Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of Yin City, in present-day Shanxi province, or from a status name of a government official. A grandson of the legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc) was granted Yin City and in due course his descendants adopted the name of the city as their surname. Additionally, throughout the Shang (1766–1122 bc) and Zhou (1122–221 bc) dynasties, there existed a high government position called Yin. Many descendants of Yin officials adopted the status name Yin as their surname. Chinese : from the name of the Yin dynasty and the city from which it takes its name. Midway through the Shang dynasty (1766–1122 bc), the Shang moved their capital to the city of Yin, in present-day Henan province. Some scholars divide the Shang dynasty into two parts, calling the first half the Shang dynasty, and the second half the Yin dynasty. After the Zhou conquered the Shang, many descendants of the vanquished Yin adopted the city name as their surname. Cambodian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Jin, Yan, Ying, Qin, Qi, Yun, Lin, Min, Xin, Yon

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You can see how Yin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Yin families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 39 Yin families living in California. This was about 89% of all the recorded Yin's in USA. California had the highest population of Yin families in 1880.
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What did your Yin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Waiter and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Yin. 24% of Yin men worked as a Waiter and 100% of Yin women worked as a 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

  • Waiter
  • Cook
  • Partnership Co
  • Butcher

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
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Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Yin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Yin in 1949 was 50, and 84 in 2004.

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