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Chae Family History

Chae Name Meaning

Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the Chae surname. There are two Chae clans: the Ch’ilw{ou}n and the {Uu}is{ou}ng, the Ch’ilw{ou}n clan being the larger. Some records indicate that the Chae clans descended from another clan with the two-character surname of Chaegal. According to the Chaegal clan genealogy, the founding ancestor of the Korean Chaegal clan was a twentieth-generation descendant of a Chinese government official, Chae Kal-lyang, a character who plays an important role in the epic tale of the Three Kingdoms. This descendant migrated to the Shilla kingdom sometime in the early 9th century. He and his descendants lived in the southern tip of the Korean peninsula for four centuries. Then, during the reign of Kory{ou} king Kojong (1213–1259), two brothers split the Chaegal surname. One brother, Y{ou}ng, took the surname Kal and the other brother, Hong, took the surname Chae. Afterward, the surnames Chaegal and Kal became all but extinct, with only a few families surviving into the 20th century. In Korea, most members of the Chae clan live in southern Ky{ou}ngsang and Ch{ou}lla provinces.

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

Similar surnames: Cha, Choe, Che, Chai, Chao, Chase, Chay, Chan, Chee, Chau

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You can see how Chae families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chae family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Chae families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 6 Chae families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Chae's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Chae families in 1911.
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What did your Chae ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Chae. .

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
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Passenger Lists

There are 795 immigration records available for the last name Chae. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 935 military records available for the last name Chae. For the veterans among your Chae ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chae lifespan?

Between 1981 and 2004, in the United States, Chae life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Chae in 1981 was 50, and 71 in 2004.

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