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Du Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of a state that existed during the Zhou dynasty (in present-day Shaanxi province). When the second king of the Zhou dynasty, Cheng Wang (1115–1079 bc), defeated the state of Tang in present-day Shaanxi province, he changed its name to Du and granted it to a descendant of the model emperor Yao. Descendants of the new ruler subsequently adopted the place name as their surname. Chinese : from the names of two princes of ancient territories, one from the state of Qi, and the other from the state of Zhen. Vietnamese (D{us}): unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Xu, Lu, Hu, Yu, Gu, Wu, Fu, Su, Qu, Bu

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Where is the Du family from?

You can see how Du families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Du family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Du families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 2 Du families living in Durham. This was 100% of all the recorded Du's in the UK. Durham had the highest population of Du families in 1891.
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What did your Du ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Journalist and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Du. 75% of Du women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties.

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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.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Journalist

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housekeeper
  • Domestic Servant
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Census Records

There are 77,000 census records available for the last name Du. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Du 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Du. 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 55,000 military records available for the last name Du. For the veterans among your Du ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Du lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Du life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Du in 1961 was 39, and 82 in 2004.

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