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Yong Family History

Yong Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Dutch Jong. Chinese : from the name of the state of Yong, which was granted to the thirteenth son of the virtuous duke Wen Wang (1231–1135 bc). The son also received the title Earl of Yong, and his descendants adopted Yong as their surname. Korean: there are two characters and two clans associated with the Yong surname; one is too rare to be treated here. The other claims its origins in prehistoric tribal Korea. In this early period, tribes would assume the names of animals. It is said that the Yong surname (which means ‘dragon’) came into being when the tiger tribe wished to avoid being named after a man-eating beast. The first recorded ancestor was an official in the court of the Koryo king Won-jong (1260–73).

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

Similar surnames: Song, Yang, Kong, Rong, Ying, Gong, Yon, Hong, Long, Pong

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Where is the Yong family from?

You can see how Yong families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yong family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Yong families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Yong families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 30% of all the recorded Yong's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Yong families in 1840.
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What did your Yong ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Yong. 20% of Yong men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Yong women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yong were Labor and Housewife.

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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
  • Cook
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Yong. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Yong. For the veterans among your Yong ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yong lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Yong life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Yong in 1958 was 67, and 72 in 2004.

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