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Kwon Family History

Kwon Name Meaning

Korean (Kwon): there is only Chinese character for the Kwon surname. Some sources list as many as 56 clans, but only two are documented. One of these, the Andong Kwon clan, was founded by a Shilla aristocrat named Kim Shin who helped Wang Kon, the founder of the Koryo kingdom, establish himself as ruler in 918. The new king bestowed upon Kim Shin a new surname: Kwon, meaning ‘authority’. The Andong Kwon clan has one of the oldest extant printed genealogies in Korea. The Yech’on Kwon clan’s original surname was Hun. However, the name Hun was chosen for the Koryo king Myongjong’s posthumous name in 1197. To avoid having living people using a king’s posthumous name, the Hun family were directed to change their name to Kwon. The head of the Hun clan at this time became Kwon So, the founding ancestor of the Yech’on Kwon clan. Approximately two thirds of all present-day Kwon clan members live in the Kyongsang provinces. Chinese : variant of Guan 1. Chinese : variant of Guan 2.

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

Similar surnames: Kong, Won, Kon, Kwan, Kan, Kron, Kwok, Wan, Kwong, Knox

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You can see how Kwon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kwon family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kwon families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 6 Kwon families living in Cumberland. This was about 33% of all the recorded Kwon's in the UK. Cumberland had the highest population of Kwon families in 1891.
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What did your Kwon ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laundryman was the top reported job for people in the CA named Kwon. 50% of Kwon men worked as a Laundryman.

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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

  • Laundryman
  • Farmer
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Passenger Lists

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There are 390 military records available for the last name Kwon. For the veterans among your Kwon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kwon lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Kwon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Kwon in 1960 was 66, and 74 in 2004.

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