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Zhang Name Meaning

Chinese : the origin of this name goes back 4500 years to a grandson of the legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc), surnamed Hui. Hui invented bows and arrows, and was put in charge of their production. In honor of his deeds, he was given as surname the character pronounced Zhang, which is composed of the symbols for ‘bow’ and ‘long’, meaning to ‘stretch open a bow’. Zhang has now become one of the most common names in China. Chinese : from the name of an area called Zhang in present-day Shandong province. During the Western Zhou dynasty (1122–771 bc) a fief was made of this area. It was later conquered by the state of Qi; at that time the former rulers of conquered states were not allowed to take the name of their state as their surname. The former ruling class of Zhang fortunately were able to drop off a small portion of the character for Zhang and still leave another character also pronounced Zhang. This modified character became their surname.

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


Similar surnames: Chang, Zhong, Zheng, Jiang, Hang, Wang, Tang, Zang, Cheng, Hong

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Zhang Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Zhang name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Zhang. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • China

    58%

  • Korea & Northern China

    36%

  • England & Wales

    2%

  • Southeast Asia—Dai (Tai)

    1%

  • Germanic Europe

    1%

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Zhang Family Origin

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Zhang Family Occupations

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Zhang Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 35 census records available for the last name Zhang. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zhang census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 260 immigration records available for the last name Zhang. 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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There are 9 military records available for the last name Zhang. For the veterans among your Zhang ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Zhang Life Expectancy

What is the average Zhang lifespan?

Between 1983 and 2004, in the United States, Zhang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1994, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Zhang in 1983 was 79, and 66 in 2004.

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