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Cheng Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin and Cantonese form of the surname 程 meaning ‘measurement’ in ancient Chinese: (i) from Cheng (程) the name of a state (probably located in Henan province) granted to Xiu Fu by King Xuan of Zhou (reigned 827–782 BC). (ii) from the placename Cheng (程) the name of a fief (located in Shaanxi province) granted to descendants of the Xun (荀) family in the state of Jin (located mainly in present-day Shanxi province) during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 成 meaning ‘accomplish’ or ‘become’ in Chinese: (i) from the placename Cheng (郕) the name of a fief (located in present-day Henan province) granted to Shu Wu son of the virtuous King Wen of Zhou (1152–1056 BC). His descendants adopted the name of the fiefdom as their surname and simplified it to 成 by dropping the second component of the Chinese character 郕. (ii) from the placename Cheng (郕) the name of a fief (located in present-day Shandong province) granted to Ji Dai by King Wu of Zhou (c. 1087–1043 BC). His descendants simplified the name of the fiefdom 郕 to 成 and adopted it as their surname. (iii) from Cheng Hu (成虎) style name of the son of Ruo Ao who was a high official in the state of Chu during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). His descendants inherited 成 part of his name as their surname. (iv) for some families the surname also originated from the Tu Ge tribe of the Huns resident in northwestern China. (vi) for other families the surname also originated in the indigenous tribes in ancient southern China. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 承 meaning 'support bear' in Chinese: from Cheng Shu Cheng (成叔承) an official in the state of Wey during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Cantonese and alternative Mandarin form of the surnames 鄭 see Zheng . Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 井 see Jing Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 岑 see Cen .7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 鐘 probably based on its Teochew Hokkien and Taiwanese pronunciation. See Zhong 8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 莊 probably based on its Teochew Hokkien and Taiwanese pronunciation. See Zhuang .9: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 曾 see Zeng .10: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 陳 see Chen 1 Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 張 see Zhang 1 Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 清 see Qing 1 Southeast Asian (Hmong): from the name of the Cheng clan of the Hmong people in Laos China and Vietnam; in Chinese characters it is written 陳 (see Chen ).

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


Similar surnames: Chang, Zheng, Sheng, Feng, Chen, Shen, Teng, Zhang, Geng, Hong

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You can see how Cheng families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cheng family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Cheng families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 7 Cheng families living in Northamptonshire. This was about 44% of all the recorded Cheng's in United Kingdom. Northamptonshire had the highest population of Cheng families in 1891.
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What did your Cheng ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cheng. 67% of Cheng men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Cheng women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cheng were Chef and Farm. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    67%
  • Chef
    34%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    50%
  • Farm
    50%
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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cheng life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Cheng in 1945 was 34, and 74 in 2004.

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