Ko Name Meaning

Chinese : Min (Taiwanese) form of Ke. Chinese : Cantonese variant of Gao. Chinese : variant of Ge 1. Chinese : variant of Ge 2. Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the surname Ko. There are ten different Ko clans, but they are all descended from the Ko clan of Cheju Island. There is no historical information regarding the founder of this clan, but there is a legend which tells of three men who appeared from a cave on the north side of Cheju Island’s Halla Mountain. These three men were the founders of the Yang clan, the Pu clan, and the Ko clan, the latter being named Ko Ul-la. Some days after the three men emerged from the cave, a box was washed up on the shore of the island. In the box were three women, horses, cows, and agricultural seed. From these beginnings, the three established Cheju Island’s T’amnaguk kingdom and ruled peacefully. Ko is a common surname found throughout the Korean peninsula. Approximately ten percent of Cheju Island’s present-day population consists of members of the Ko family. Hungarian (Ko): from ko ‘stone’, a word from the ancient Finno-Ugric word stock of Hungarian (cognate with Finnish kivi, Estonian keve), hence a topographic name for someone who lived on stony ground or by a notable outcrop of rock, or alternatively a metonymic occupational name for a mason or stonecutter.

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


Similar surnames: Ku, To, So, Ki, Ho, Mo, No, Kwon, Kon, Kos

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  • Laborer

    50%
  • Prof. Chinese At H>U>

    50%

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In 1880, the most common Ko occupation in the USA was Laborer. 50% of Ko's were Laborers. Laborer and Prof. Chinese At H>U> were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Ko.

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Between 1963 and 2004, Ko life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Ko in 1963 was 75, and 76 in 2004.

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