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Yun Family History

Yun Name Meaning

Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the surname Yun. Although some records indicate the existence of 149 clans, only ten can be documented. Each descends from a different ancestor. The largest, that of P’ap’yong, descends from a man named Shin Tal. According to legend, an old woman named Yun On, who lived in P’ap’yong, saw a rainbow over a lotus pond in the mountains. When she went to investigate, she found a boy in a box. The boy had scales under his arm and seven dark birth marks on his body. She raised him as her own and gave him the surname Yun. The oldest Yun clan, that of Tamwon, descends from a man named Shi-yong, who lived during the reign of the Shilla King Muyol (654–661). Chinese : from the second character of Jinyun, a title borne by certain officials under the legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc). Americanized spelling of Czech Jun.

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

Similar surnames: Yu, Mun, Hyun, Yan, Yon, Yin, Yuan, Sun, Yue, Lu

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You can see how Yun families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yun family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Yun families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 45 Yun families living in California. This was about 94% of all the recorded Yun's in USA. California had the highest population of Yun families in 1880.
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What did your Yun ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Yun. 37% of Yun men worked as a Laborer and 100% of Yun women worked as a Maid. .

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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
  • Cook
  • Proprietor
  • Helper

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Yun. 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 Yun. For the veterans among your Yun ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yun lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Yun life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Yun in 1965 was 84, and 69 in 2004.

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