Gong Name Meaning

Chinese : the origin of this surname dates back to the time of the legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc). An adviser held the surname Gonggong, comprised of two different characters that are pronounced Gong in modern Chinese. The first of these characters served as the basis for two later surnames: some descendants combined the symbol for ‘water’ with that for Gong, creating the surname Hong (see Hong 1); others added the character for ‘dragon’, creating the surname Gong. Chinese : from a character meaning ‘palace’, part of the title of an official in charge of guarding the palace. During the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), descendants of such an official adopted Gong as their surname. Chinese : from the name of the state of Gong-Bo, located in Henan province during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Chinese : of uncertain origin; this character came into use as a surname during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) in the state of Lu in present-day Shandong province. Chinese : from a character meaning ‘bow’. This name originated with Hui, a grandson of the legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc). Hui invented bows and arrows, an accomplishment that inspired two surnames: Gong, the character for ‘bow’, and Zhang (see Zhang), which is composed of the characters for ‘bow’ + ‘long’.

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


Similar surnames: Rong, Kong, Long, Hong, Song, Tong, Dong, Tang, Yong, Jing

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Gong Family Occupations

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  • Cook

    18%
  • Farmer

    12%
  • Gold Miner

    12%
  • Laborer

    12%

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In 1880, the most common Gong occupation in the USA was Cook. 18% of Gong's were Cooks. A less common occupation for the Gong family was Laborer. Cook, Farmer and Gold Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gong.

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Between 1953 and 2004, Gong life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Gong in 1953 was 51, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gong

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