First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Hong

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  • A submission from Canada says the name Hong means ""Something with extreme force", "Flood" in chinese" and is of Chinese origin.

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International Interest
Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hong
A mercantile establishment or factory for foreign trade in China, as formerly at Canton; a succession of offices connected by a common passage and used for business or storage.

Etymology: Chinese hang, Canton dialect hong, a mercantile house, factory

verb Hong
To hang.

From Cantonese (hòhng, “trade, business”).

  1. A foreign trading company in China.

hong was also found in the following language(s): Mandarin and Palauan

Notable Persons Named Hong

Hong Jong-hyun is an actor, model (people), and model. He has had major accomplishments since 2007. Hong was born on February 2nd, 1990 in Seoul.


Hong Jin-young is a trot (music) singing and actor. She has been prominent since 2006. Hong was born on August 9th, 1985.


Hong Xiuquan was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1851 to 1864. Hong was born on January 1st, 1814 in Huadu District. He died on June 1st, 1864.


Hong Sang-soo is a film director. Hong was born on October 25th, 1961 in Seoul.


Hong Seok-cheon is an actor, celebrity, restaurateur, and television personality. He has been prominent since 1994. Hong was born on February 3rd, 1971 in Cheongyang County.


Hong Soo-hyun is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 1996 to present. Hong was born on February 15th, 1981 in Incheon. Hong is also known as Hong and Su-hyeon.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Hong

Ki Hong Lee is an actor. He has been prominent since 2010. Ki was given the name Lee Ki Hong on September 30th, 1986 in Seoul.


James Hong is an actor and director. His ongoing career started in 1955. James was born on February 22nd, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.


Jin-kyung Hong is a television presenter, model, comedian, and actress. Jin-kyung was born on December 23rd, 1977 in Seoul.


Jin-ho was born on October 31st, 1982.


Maxine Hong Kingston is a writer. Maxine was given the name Maxine Ting Ting Hong on October 27th, 1940 in Stockton, California.


He has been prominent since 2003. Yuan was born on August 23rd, 1982 in Hubei. Yuan is also known as Yuan Hong.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1923 6 0 6
1926 6 0 6
1927 5 0 5
1976 21 15 6
1977 7 7 0
1978 9 9 0
1979 19 19 0
1980 38 26 12
1981 37 24 13
1982 66 46 20
1983 42 32 10
1984 40 26 14
1985 31 25 6
1986 40 27 13
1987 35 29 6
1988 32 23 9
1989 16 9 7
1990 24 17 7
1991 19 19 0
1992 31 25 6
1993 25 19 6
1994 17 17 0
1995 7 7 0
1996 11 6 5
1998 12 7 5
1999 10 10 0
2000 5 0 5
2001 6 6 0
2003 7 0 7
2004 7 0 7
2005 8 0 8
2006 8 0 8
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Hong

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Hong as a last name

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Common last names for Hong

  • Lee
  • Nguyen
  • Wong
  • Kim
  • Chin
  • Tran
  • Yee
  • Chen
  • Pham
  • Moy
  • Chan
  • Ng
  • Lam
  • Vu
  • Ly

Common first names for Hong

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hong U.S.
  White 7.23% 64.26%
  African American 0.97% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 88.12% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.19% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.33% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.15% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hong

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

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Fun Facts about the name Hong

  • How Popular is the name Hong? Hong is the 13,872nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Hong was the 1,106th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hong have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 647 babies born with the first name Hong in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hong 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 Hong? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1923 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Hong first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hong is Wednesday, July 8th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Hong born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hong was in 1982 with a total of 46 babies.
  • Random Hong Factoid: According to the 1981 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hong is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 8 babies in California have the same name as you in 1981.
  • Weird things about the name Hong: Your name in reverse order is Gnoh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hnog. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hong? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 31,670 people with the last name Hong.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hong? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Hong as their last name.

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  • 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.
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