Last name origins & meanings:
- Korean: there are four Chinese characters used for the Yang
surname, but only two are common enough to consider here; they have
between them eight clans. The founding ancestor of the Ch’ŏngju
Yang clan was Chinese and stayed in Korea after escorting Koryŏ,
King Kongmin’s future queen to Korea. The first historical ancestor of
the Cheju Yang clan was a Shilla figure named Yang T’ang, but
according to legend, his distant ancestor was one of three men who
ascended from a cave on the north side of Cheju Island’s Halla
Mountain. These three men were the founders of the Yang, Pu,
and Ko clans. The legendary founder of the Yang clan was named
Yang Ŭl-la. Some days after their emergence, a box washed up on
the shore of the island. In the box were three women, horses, cows,
and agricultural seed. From these beginnings, the three established
Cheju’s T’amnaguk kingdom and ruled peacefully for 900 years. Later,
descendants of the three men settled throughout Korea, although 40
percent of the Yang clan still live on Cheju island and in Chŏlla
- Chinese: from the name of the state of
Yang during the Zhou Dynasty. The first king of this dynasty, Wu Wang
(1122–1116 bc), had a son named Tang Shuyu; a descendant of
his was enfeoffed the state of Yang, and later descendants adopted the
name of the state as their surname.
from a region called Yang that existed in the state of Qi during the
Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc).
- Chinese: in the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc),
there existed in the state of Jin a senior adviser with the surname
Yang-she. During the Warring States period (403–221 bc) his
descendants fled to escape destruction by the conquering Qin, and
simplified their surname to Yang.
- Laotian: unexplained.
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