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Last name origins & meanings:
- Korean: There are two Chinese characters for the surname
Kong. One of these is borne by only one clan, the other by two
clans. One of the Kong clans claims Confucius as its ancestor, the
53rd ancestor of Confucius having migrated from his home in China to
Koryŏ and settled in Ch’angwŏn, where his grave can still be
seen today. The other two Kong clans, the Kimhae Kong and the
Munch’ŏn Kong clans both sprang from descendants of a famous T’ang
Chinese scholar, Kong Yun-po. A man named Kong Myŏng-nye founded
the Kimhae Kong clan when he was exiled to Kimhae during the reign of
Chosŏn King Sŏngjong in the latter half of the fifteenth
century. The founder of the Munch’ŏn Kong clan, Kong Chin-ŏn,
was banished to Munchŏn in Hamgyŏng province during the reign of
Chosŏn King Sejong during the first half of the fifteenth century.
- Chinese: Cheng Tang was the first king of the
Shang dynasty, founded in 1766 bc. Although now known as
Cheng Tang, his surname was Zi, and he had a ‘style name’ (given
around age 20) of Tai Yi. Later descendants of his combined the
character for Zi with the character for Yi, creating the character for
Kong, and adopted the latter as their surname. The Con in
‘Confucius’ represents this surname.
variant of Jiang 1.
- Chinese: variant of
- Cambodian: unexplained.
- Danish: nickname
from Danish kong ‘king’, or occupational nickname for someone
in the service of the king.
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