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Feng Surname Meaning

Chinese:: Mandarin form of the surname 馮 meaning ‘gallop’ or ‘wade’ in Chinese: (i) from the first element of the personal name Feng Jian Zi (馮簡子) an official in the state of Zheng (located in part of present-day Shaanxi and Henan province) during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (ii) from the first element of the placename Feng Cheng (馮城 Feng City) the name of a fief (in present-day Xingyang in Henan province) granted to one of the grandsons of Bi Wan known as Han Wan or Han Wuzi a politician in the state of Jin during the Spring and Autumn Period (770–476 BC) also the ancestor of bearers of the surname 韩 (see Han ). Mandarin form of the surname 封 meaning ‘confer something (a title land or the like) upon somebody by royal command’ in ancient Chinese: (i) shortened form of Feng Fu (封父) an ancient state (located in present-day Fengqiu in Henan province) during the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC) which was annexed during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC). (ii) adopted as a surname by members of the Shi Ben (是賁) family from the Xianbei ethnic group during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386–534 AD). Mandarin form of the surname 豐 meaning ‘abundant’ or ‘great’ in Chinese: from the personal name Feng (豐) style name of a prince one of the sons of Duke Mu of Zheng (ruler of the state of Zheng 648–606 BC). Mandarin form of the surname 酆: habitational name from the placename Feng (酆) the name of a fief (in present-day Huxian in Shaanxi province) granted to the 17th son of the virtuous King Wen of Zhou (1152–1056 BC). Mandarin form of the surname 風 meaning ‘wind’ in Chinese an ancient surname possibly traced back to the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). Mandarin form of the surname 鳳 meaning ‘phoenix’ in Chinese: possibly from the name of an official post prior to the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC) which was said to be derived from the name of a kind of bird.7: Mandarin form of the surname 奉 originally meaning ‘plants growing up to their utmost heights’: from the first element of Feng Chun (奉春) title of Lou Jing an official during the reign of the Emperor Gaozu of Han (256–195 BC).

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


Similar surnames: Fang, Meng, Teng, Weng, Geng, Jing, Zeng, Deng, Hong, Sheng

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You can see how Feng families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Feng family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Feng families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 3 Feng families living in Alberta. This was about 38% of all the recorded Feng's in Canada. Alberta and 1 other province had the highest population of Feng families in 1911.
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What did your Feng ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Waiter was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Feng. 43% of Feng men worked as a Waiter. .

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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 1921

  • Waiter
    43%
  • Farmer
    29%
  • Laundryman
    29%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Feng. For the veterans among your Feng ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Feng lifespan?

Between 1969 and 2004, in the United States, Feng life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Feng in 1969 was 50, and 76 in 2004.

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