Wen Name Meaning

Chinese : there are two sources for this character for Wen, which also means ‘warm’. One is a territory named Wen, and the other an area named Wenyi. Descendants of rulers of these areas adopted Wen as their surname. Chinese : from a character that also means ‘literature’. Its origin, however, is from the given name of an ancient personage called Wen. Chinese : from a character that also means ‘hear’. During the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), in the state of Lu there existed a man who has a supplementary name, Wenren. His descendants adopted the first character of his name, Wen, as their surname. English: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Wei, Wan, Weng, Ren, Wien, Ben, Ken, Xin, Won, Oen

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Wen Family Origin

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Wen Family Occupations

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In 1921, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Wen. 56% of Wen men worked as a Laborer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Laborer
  • Laundry
  • Farmer

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Wen Life Expectancy

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Between 1972 and 2004, in the United States, Wen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1990, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Wen in 1972 was 66, and 71 in 2004.

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