Tang Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Tang Name Meaning

Chinese : variant spelling of Deng. Chinese : from the name of the region of Tang, in present-day Shanxi province. The legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc) granted this region to his son Dan Zhu, whose descendants eventually adopted it as their surname. They held power in the region until they were conquered by Cheng Wang, second king (1115–1079 bc) of the Zhou dynasty. Cheng Wang granted the region to his brother Shu Yu, whose descendants also adopted the place name Tang as a surname. This character is also that used for the Tang dynasty (618–907). Chinese : from the given name of Cheng Tang, Prince of Shang, a model of virtue and humanity, who overthrew the corrupt last king of the Xia Dynasty and became first emperor of the Shang Dynasty, in 1766 bc. Some of his descendants adopted Tang as their surname. Chinese : Cantonese variant of Teng. 1. Vietnamese: unexplained. Korean: only one Chinese character is used in Korean for the surname Tang, and the Miryang is the only Tang clan. Its founding ancestor, Tang Song, migrated from Yüan China some time during the latter part of the 14th century. This is a comparatively rare surname in Korea.

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

Similar surnames: Wang, Yang, Pang, Tong, Kang, Tan, Teng, Fang, Sang, Hang

Ready to discover your family story?

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


Tang Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tang name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Tang. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

Explore the full experience here
  • China


  • England & Wales


  • Korea & Northern China


  • Southeast Asia—Dai (Tai)


  • Southeast Asia—Vietnam


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Tang Family Origin

Where is the Tang family from?

Tang Family Occupations

What did your Tang ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Tang family was Cigar Maker. The most common Tang occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Tang's were Farmers. Farmer, Miner and Artist were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tang.

View Census data for Tang | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Miner

  • Artist

  • Cigar Maker


United States shown, England data unavailable

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

Tang Historical Records

What Tang family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Tang. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tang census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Tang

Passenger List

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Tang. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Tang immigration records

Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Tang. For the veterans among your Tang ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Tang military records

You've only scratched the surface of Tang family history.

Tang Life Expectancy

What is the average Tang lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Tang life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Tang in 1953 was 61, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Tang

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tang 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.

Famous Tang Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name