Im Name Meaning

Korean: there are two Chinese characters for this surname. The founding ancestors of all Korean Im clans were originally from China. Some sources indicate that there are 216 clans that use the most common character, but only two—the Naju Im family and the P’ongt’aek Im family—have actually been documented. The founding ancestor of the P’yongt’aek Im family, Im P’algup, immigrated to Korea from China during the Tang Dynasty and settled in the P’yongt’aek area. The Naju Im clan is said to be descended from the P’ongt’aek Im clan. Members of the Im clans which use this more common character are found throughout the peninsula. Although some sources indicate that there are 120 clans that use the other Im character, only two of these are documented: the Im clan of Changhung and the Im clan of P’ungch’on. The founders of these two clans are also from China. The founders of both the Changhung Im clan and the P’ungch’on Im clan came to Korea during the Koryo period (ad 918–1392), the latter while escorting a princess bride to the Koryo court. About fifty percent of the Ims bearing the less common character as a surname live in South Ch’ungch’ong province.

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

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In 1940, Butcher was the top reported job for people in the US named Im. 50% of Im men worked as a Butcher

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Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Im life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Im in 1966 was 65, and 72 in 2004.

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