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Gong Family History

Gong Name Meaning

Chinese : the origin of this surname dates back to the time of the legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc). An adviser held the surname Gonggong, comprised of two different characters that are pronounced Gong in modern Chinese. The first of these characters served as the basis for two later surnames: some descendants combined the symbol for ‘water’ with that for Gong, creating the surname Hong (see Hong 1); others added the character for ‘dragon’, creating the surname Gong. Chinese : from a character meaning ‘palace’, part of the title of an official in charge of guarding the palace. During the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), descendants of such an official adopted Gong as their surname. Chinese : from the name of the state of Gong-Bo, located in Henan province during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Chinese : of uncertain origin; this character came into use as a surname during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) in the state of Lu in present-day Shandong province. Chinese : from a character meaning ‘bow’. This name originated with Hui, a grandson of the legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc). Hui invented bows and arrows, an accomplishment that inspired two surnames: Gong, the character for ‘bow’, and Zhang (see Zhang), which is composed of the characters for ‘bow’ + ‘long’.

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

Similar surnames: Rong, Kong, Long, Hong, Song, Tong, Dong, Tang, Yong, Jing

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You can see how Gong families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gong family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gong families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 64 Gong families living in British Columbia. This was about 64% of all the recorded Gong's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Gong families in 1911.
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What did your Gong ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Gong. 41% of Gong men worked as a Labourer. .

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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

  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Cook
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Gong. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Gong. For the veterans among your Gong ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gong lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Gong life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Gong in 1953 was 51, and 76 in 2004.

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