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Wen Family History

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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Where is the Wen family from?

You can see how Wen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 7 Wen families living in British Columbia. This was about 33% of all the recorded Wen's in Canada. British Columbia and 1 other province had the highest population of Wen families in 1911.
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What did your Wen ancestors do for a living?

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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*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

  • Laborer
    56%
  • Laundry
    23%
  • Farmer
    23%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Wen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wen. 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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Draft Cards

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Wen. For the veterans among your Wen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wen lifespan?

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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