Jin Name Meaning

Chinese : from the honorary surname, Jin Tianshi of Shao Hao, a son of the legendary emperor Huang Di of the 26th century bc. The character for jin also means ‘gold’ or ‘metal’. Some later descendants of Shao Hao adopted Jin as their surname. Chinese : from the name of Jin Shang, a chief official in the state of Chu during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Some of his descendants adopted this surname. Chinese : from the name of the Jin river. Wu Wang, the first king of the Zhou dynasty (1122–16 bc), granted the state of Tang to his third son. Since the Jin river flowed through it, the name of the state was later changed to Jin. Descendants of the third son adopted the new name of the state name as their surname. Korean: variant of Chin 4. Japanese: ‘ranks’ or ‘battle array’. The name is not common in Japan.

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

Similar surnames: Ji, Yin, Jing, Qin, Lin, Qi, Jia, Xin, Jiao, Min

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In 1921, Laundryman was the top reported job for people in the CA named Jin. 36% of Jin men worked as a Laundryman

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Laundryman
  • Cook
  • Laborer
  • Labourer

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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Jin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Jin in 1951 was 42, and 69 in 2004.

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