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Che Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin and Cantonese form of the surname 車 meaning ‘carriage’ or ‘cart’ in Chinese: (i) said to be borne by descendants of Che Ou (車區) an astrologist during the reign of the legendary Huang Di the ‘Yellow Emperor’ (c. 27th century BC). (ii) shortened form of the surname Zi Che (子車) a surname of noblemen in the state of Qin. (iii) from Che Cheng Xiang (車丞相) literally ‘Carriage Prime Minister’ the title of Tian Qianqiu a prime minister during the Western Han dynasty (206 BC–25 AD). He earned the title because when he was old and decrepit Emperor Zhao of Han (94–74 BC) took pity on him and allowed him to move into and out of the palace by carriage instead of on foot. (iv) adopted as a surname by the Che Kun (車裩) and Che Fei (車非) families from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 謝 see Xie Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 齊 see Qi Vietnamese (Chế): written 制 in Chinese of unexplained etymology. It is found among the Cham people in southern Vietnam. Korean: variant of Chae . Amerindian (Guatemala Mexico and Belize; also Ché): Mayan name from che' ‘tree wood’.7: Catalan (Valencia): nickname from xe ‘typical person from Valencia’ (from the interjection xe!).

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

Similar surnames: He, Chu, Cho, Chi, Chae, Cha, Chew, Chen, Chee, Choe

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You can see how Che families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Che family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Che families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 11 Che families living in British Columbia. This was about 39% of all the recorded Che's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Che families in 1911.
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What did your Che ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Weaver were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Che. 50% of Che men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Che women worked as a Weaver. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Weaver
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There are 612 military records available for the last name Che. For the veterans among your Che ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Che life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1990, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Che in 1964 was 59, and 72 in 2004.

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