Yi Name Meaning

Korean: the second most common surname in Korea, comprising about 16 percent of the total population. It is found in every part of the country. There are three Chinese characters for the surname Yi, but two of the three are quite rare, and one of these is not found outside North Korea. Although some sources indicate that there are as many as 546 different clans, only about 100 have been documented. The founder of the oldest clan, the Kyongju Yi, was named Yi Al–p’yong and lived in ad 32. He was one of the six original governors of pre-Shilla Korea. Aside from a few other Yi families that originated from the Kyongju Yi clan, most of the other 100 or so clans were formed at the end of the Koryo or beginning of the Choson periods. Some Korean Yi families trace their origins back to China. The founder of the Choson Kingdom, or Yi Dynasty, Yi Song-gye, was a member of the Yi clan from Chonju. This clan ruled the Korean peninsula from 1392 to 1910. Chinese : from an area named Yi, probably from Yi county in Hebei province.

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


Similar surnames: Yu, Ki, Ji, Im, Li, Chi, Qi, Yin, In, Lu

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  • Cigar Maker

    33%
  • Market Garden

    33%
  • Priest

    33%

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In 1880, the most common Yi occupation in the USA was Cigar Maker. 33% of Yi's were Cigar Makers. Cigar Maker and Market Garden were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Yi. A less common occupation for the Yi family was Priest.

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Between 1973 and 2004, Yi life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Yi in 1973 was 80, and 75 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Yi

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