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Dong Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 董 also an alternative Cantonese Romanization meaning ‘supervise superintend’ in ancient Chinese: (i) from the personal name of Dong Fu (董父) said to be a descendant of the legendary Huang Di the ‘Yellow Emperor’ (c. 27th century BC). He was supposedly given the surname 董 by the legendary Emperor Shun (c. 23rd century BC). (ii) from Dong Du (董督) which means ‘supervision and management’ in ancient Chinese. This was the duty of an official post called Tai Shi responsible for the supervision management and censorship of the compilation of the annals in the state of Jin (located mainly in present-day Shanxi province) during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 東 also a variant Cantonese Romanization meaning ‘east’ in Chinese: (i) said to be from the personal name of Dong Bu Shi (东不识) a friend of the legendary Emperor Shun (c. 23rd century BC). (ii) said to be from the compound surname Dong-Fang (東方) (meaning ‘east’ in Chinese). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 冬 meaning ‘winter’ in Chinese: (i) possibly from Dong (冬) the name of an official post in charge of engineering during the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BC). (ii) traced back to Dong Feng (冬逢) leader of a minority ethnic group in southern China during the Three Kingdoms period (220–280 AD). Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 曾 possibly based on its prouniciation in the Siyi Cantonese subdialect (also known as Sze Yup or Four Districts dialect including Taishanese)spoken in southern Guangdong see Zeng . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 鄧 see Deng . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 童 see Tong 7: Vietnamese (Đổng): from the Chinese surname 董 see 1 above.8: Vietnamese (Đông): from the Chinese surname 佟 see Tong 9: Vietnamese (Đồng): from the Chinese surname 童 see Tong

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


Similar surnames: Long, Gong, Rong, Hong, Tong, Kong, Yong, Song, Dang, Zong

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Where is the Dong family from?

You can see how Dong families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dong family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Dong families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 12 Dong families living in London. This was about 41% of all the recorded Dong's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Dong families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dong surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dong ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Waiter and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dong. 23% of Dong men worked as a Waiter and 22% of Dong women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dong were Owner and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Waiter
    23%
  • Cook
    14%
  • Laundryman
    10%
  • Owner
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Seamstress
    22%
  • Waiter
    22%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Housewife
    15%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Dong. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dong census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Dong. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Dong. For the veterans among your Dong ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dong lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Dong life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Dong in 1950 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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