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Cha Surname Meaning

Korean (Ch’a): written 자 in Chinese characters 車 meaning ‘cart’ or ‘wagon’. This is the only Chinese character for the surname Ch’a and the Yŏnan Ch’a clan is the only clan. Their founding ancestor was Ch’a Hyojŏn (車; 孝全) the son of a Koryŏ high minister named Yu Ch’a-tal (10th century AD). He served the incoming Koryŏ rulers with exceptional valour and loyalty so the Koryŏ monarch bestowed upon his first son the surname Ch’a (車) and enfeoffed him with Yŏnan County in Hwanghae South Province. Ch’a is a fairly common surname throughout the Korean peninsula but most of the clan's members live in Kyŏngsang province Hwanghae province or P’yŏngan province. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 茶 meaning ‘tea’ in Chinese: (i) possibly borne by the descendants of Lu Yu (733–804 AD) a famous figure during the Tang dynasty (618–907 AD) known as the Sage of Tea who wrote the book Classic of Tea. (ii) from the first element of the placename Chalin (茶陵 located in present-day Hunan province) said to be the place where the legendary Yan Emperor was buried. (iii) adopted in place of the surname Meng (蒙) by some members living in Yunnan in order to avoid persecution or feud. (iv) adopted as a Han Chinese surname by some minority ethnic groups in southwestern China. Chinese: Cantonese form and alternative Mandarin form of the surname 查 see Zha . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 謝 see Xie Southeast Asian (Hmong): from the name of the Cha or Chang clan of the Hmong people in Laos China and Vietnam; in Chinese characters it is written 張 (see Zhang ). Compare Chang 1

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Chae, Chi, Chu, Cho, Ha, Che, Chao, Chia, Chai, Zha

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You can see how Cha families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cha family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Cha families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 3 Cha families living in London. This was about 50% of all the recorded Cha's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Cha families in 1891.
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What did your Cha ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Cha. 86% of Cha women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    86%
  • Private Means
    15%
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Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Cha life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Cha in 1963 was 65, and 61 in 2004.

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