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Chang Name Meaning

Chinese : variant of Zhang 1. Chinese : The emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc) had two advisers whose names contained this character; descendants of both of them are believed to have adopted Chang as their surname. Additionally, in the state of Wei during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) there existed a fief named Chang, the name of which was adopted by descendants of its ruling class. The Chinese character also has the meanings ‘often’ and ‘ordinary’. Chinese : variant of Zhang 2. Chinese : a rare name whose Chinese character also means ‘prosperous, flourishing’. This name is said to have originated 4500 years ago with Chang Yi, son of the legendary emperor Huang Di and father of emperor Zhuan Xu. Korean: there are 33 Chang clans in Korea, all but three of which use the same Chinese character for their surname. All of the Korean Chang clans had their origins in China, and, apart from the T{ou}ksu Chang clan and the Ch{ou}lgang Chang clan, they all originated from a single founding ancestor, Chang Ch{ou}n-p’il. He was born in China in 888 ad and fled to Korea with his father during a tumultuous period of Chinese history. The T{ou}ksu Chang clan’s founding ancestor, Chang Sul-long, stayed in Korea, having escorted Kory{ou} King Ch’ungy{ou}l’s queen-to-be from China to Korea in 1275. Most of the founding ancestors of the other Chang clans arrived in Korea from Y{uu}an China during the Kory{ou} period (ad 918–1392) or during the early Chos{ou}n period.

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

Similar surnames: Chong, Zhang, Cheng, Tang, Hong, Jiang, Xiang, Hang, Sang, Shang

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Chang Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • China


  • Korea & Northern China


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Japan


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Chang Family Origin

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Chang Family Occupations

What did your Chang ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Chang occupation in the USA was Cook. 19% of Chang's were Cooks. A less common occupation for the Chang family was Laundry. Cook, Cigar Maker and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chang.

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  • Cook

  • Cigar Maker

  • Farmer

  • Laundry


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Chang Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Chang. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chang 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 77,000 immigration records available for the last name Chang. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Chang. For the veterans among your Chang ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chang Life Expectancy

What is the average Chang lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Chang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1960. The average life expectancy for Chang in 1941 was 41, and 75 in 2004.

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