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Fang Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of Ji Fang Shu, a senior adviser to the penultimate king of the Western Zhou dynasty, Xuan Wang (827–781 bc). He is known for the expeditions he undertook to calm southern tribes. His descendants adopted part of his name, Fang, as their surname. Chinese : from the name of the ancient state of Fang (in present-day Henan province). The model emperor Yao (2357–2257 bc) was admired by Confucius for his virtuous leadership and his selection of his successor, Shun, on grounds of merit rather than heredity. (Yao passed over his own son, Dan Zhu, who did not display governing ability, and chose Shun.) When Shun ascended the throne, he granted the state of Fang to Dan Zhu’s son. His descendants eventually adopted the name of the state Fang as their surname. German: from Middle High German vanc ‘catch’, ‘enclosure’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosed plot of land, a hunting ground, a place where traps were set (for game or fish), or a pit; or a byname, meaning ‘the catch’, for a foreigner who had been forced into bondage.

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

Similar surnames: Wang, Feng, Tang, Fan, Pang, Yang, Kang, Sang, Zang, Lang

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Fang Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Fang occupation in the USA was Laborer. 42% of Fang's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Fang family was Iron Moulder. Laborer, Farmer and Huckster were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fang.

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  • Iron Moulder


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Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Fang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Fang in 1960 was 71, and 74 in 2004.

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