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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cheng

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  • A user from Tennessee, United States says the name Cheng is of Chinese origin and means "To make".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cheng
A chinese reed instrument, with tubes, blown by the mouth.

Etymology: Chinese

  1. Alternative form of sheng (Chinese wind instrument)

cheng was also found in the following language(s): Mandarin

Notable Persons Named Cheng

Cheng Pei-pei is an artist. Cheng is also known as The Queen of Swords.


Cheng Man-ch'ing was a martial artist. Cheng was born on July 29th, 1902 in Yongjia County. He died on July 29th, 1902.


Cheng Fei is a gymnast. Cheng was born on May 29th, 1988 in Huangshi.


Cheng Yen is a religious. She holds the title Venerable. Cheng was born on May 11th, 1937 in Qingshui, Taichung County , Taiwan.


Cheng Zhi is a fictional character.


Cheng was born in 1957.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cheng


Chi Cheng was an alternative metal, nu metal, heavy metal music, post-metal, experimental rock, spoken word, and post-rock musician. He was most prominent from 1988 to 2008. Chi was given the name Chi Ling Dai Cheng on July 15th, 1970 in Stockton, California, United States. He left this life on April 13th, 2013.


Kevin Cheng is a cantopop actor. He plays Vocals. He was most active from 1993 to present. Kevin was born on August 15th, 1969 in San Francisco.


Sammi Cheng is a cantopop and mandopop actor. She holds the title Beware of women. Her career lasted from 1990 to 2005. Sammi is also known as Mi.


Ekin Cheng is a cantopop actor. His ongoing career started in 1986. Ekin is also known as Cheng Yee-Kin, Dior Cheng, and Noodle Cheng (鄭伊麵).


Adam Cheng is a cantopop actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1971.


How popular is the baby name Cheng in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1979 9 0 9
1980 13 0 13
1981 21 0 21
1982 17 0 17
1983 17 0 17
1984 31 5 26
1985 37 0 37
1986 24 0 24
1987 28 0 28
1988 38 7 31
1989 35 0 35
1990 48 6 42
1991 45 5 40
1992 25 0 25
1993 32 5 27
1994 29 0 29
1995 27 0 27
1996 28 5 23
1997 28 5 23
1998 15 0 15
1999 8 0 8
2000 14 0 14
2001 12 0 12
2002 10 0 10
2003 9 0 9
2004 9 0 9
2006 7 0 7
2007 8 0 8
2009 7 0 7
2011 7 0 7
2013 5 0 5
2014 6 0 6

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Popularity of Cheng as a last name

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Common last names for Cheng

  • Chen
  • Chang
  • Wang
  • Yang
  • Lin
  • Chao
  • Liu
  • Huang

Common first names for Cheng

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cheng U.S.
  White 1.86% 64.26%
  African American 0.20% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.63% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.03% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.22% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cheng

People with the last name Cheng are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Cheng

  • How Popular is the name Cheng? Cheng is the 13,844th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cheng was the 1,063rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cheng have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 649 babies born with the first name Cheng in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cheng to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cheng? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1979 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Cheng first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cheng is Saturday, January 25th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Cheng born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cheng was in 1990 with a total of 42 babies.
  • Random Cheng Factoid: According to the 1987 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cheng is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 15 babies in California have the same name as you in 1987.
  • Weird things about the name Cheng: Your name in reverse order is Gnehc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Chnge. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cheng? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 32,982 people with the last name Cheng.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cheng? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Cheng as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.