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Chae Name Meaning

Korean: written 제 in Chinese characters 諸 meaning ‘all’. This is the only Chinese character for the surname Chae. There are two Chae clans: the Ch’ilwŏn and the Ŭisŏng the Ch’ilwŏn clan being the larger. Ancestors of this family were originally named Chaegal (諸葛) in Korea. According to the Chaegal clan genealogy the founding ancestor was a twentieth-generation descendant of a Chinese government official Chae Kal-lyang (諸葛 亮) a character who plays an important role in the epic tale of the Three Kingdoms. This descendant migrated to the Shilla kingdom some time in the early 9th century. He and his descendants lived in the southern tip of the Korean peninsula for four centuries. It is said that during the reign of the Koryŏ king Kojong (1213–59) two brothers split the Chaegal surname: the younger brother Yŏng (瑩) took the surname Kal (葛) and the elder brother Hong (泓) took the surname Chae (諸). In Korea most members of the Chae clan live in southern Kyŏngsang and Chŏlla provinces. Compare Chai 5 Chay 2 and Che 5.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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 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 Canada named Chae. 100% of Chae men worked as a Labourer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Labourer
    100%
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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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