He Name Meaning

Chinese : from a southern pronunciation of the name of the state of Han (in present-day Shaanxi province), which existed during the early stages of the Western Zhou dynasty (1122–771 bc). This was the fief of a younger brother of Cheng Wang, second king of the Zhou dynasty (see Han). When the state of Han was later annexed by the state of Jin, the members of the royal family scattered. Those descendants who settled further south, in the area of the Yangtze and Huai rivers, found that the character for Han was pronounced He in this area, and so changed their name to a character more widely pronounced He. Chinese : during the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 ad), members of the Qing clan needed to change their surname, as Qing was the name of the emperor’s father and so they were not permitted to use this name. They decided on he, which like qing means ‘celebrate’. In modern Chinese these two characters have been compounded into one word, qinghe, which also means ‘celebrate’. Chinese : from a word meaning ‘and’ in modern Chinese, which was part of the title Xihe ‘astrologer’. Members of the He clan held this hereditary position and adopted their surname from the title.

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

Similar surnames: Hu, Ge, Lu, Che, Du, Ye, Ha, Qi, Cho, Ho

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In 1940, Farmer and Grade Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named He. 40% of He men worked as a Farmer and 50% of He women worked as a Grade Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named He were Electrician and Clerk

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Electrician

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Grade Teacher
  • Clerk

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Between 1977 and 2004, in the United States, He life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1994, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for He in 1977 was 79, and 57 in 2004.

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