Chen Name Meaning

Chinese : from name of the region of Chen (in present-day Henan province). After overthrowing the Shang dynasty and becoming the first king of the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, Wu Wang searched for a descendant of the great ancient emperors to guard their memory and offer sacrifices, to help retain the ‘Mandate of Heaven’, which was considered essential to remain in power. He found Gui Man, a descendant of the model emperor Shun (2257–2205 bc), and granted him the region of Chen, along with the title Marquis of Chen and one of his daughters in marriage. Gui Man was posthumously named Chen Hugong, and his descendants came to adopt the surname Chen.

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


Similar surnames: Shen, Cheng, Zhen, Che, Chon, Chez, Chan, Achen, Chew, Cain

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Chen Family Origin

Where is the Chen family from?

SHOW MORE

Chen Family Occupations

What did your Chen ancestors do for a living?

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Chen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

SHOW MORE
  • Secretary & Chinese Charge De Affaires

    100%

In 1881, the most common Chen occupation in the UK was Secretary & Chinese Charge De Affaires. 100% of Chen's were Secretary & Chinese Charge De Affairess.

Source: Census data for Chen | Data not to scale

Chen Historical Records

What Chen family records will you find?

Census records can give you a fascinating window into the day-to-day lives of your Chen ancestors - like hours worked per week, level of education, veteran status, employers, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Chen

Solve your own mystery as you explore your history.

Chen Life Expectancy

What is the average Chen lifespan?

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chen ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

SHOW MORE

United States

Between 1945 and 2004, Chen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Chen in 1945 was 40, and 71 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chen

Famous Chen Family

Is anyone famous hiding in your tree?

SHOW MORE
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
Nikola Tesla1856 - 1943 (86)
Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
Nikola Tesla1856 - 1943 (86)

Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)
Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968 (39)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)
Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968 (39)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Look up another name