Tang

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Origin and Meaning of Tang

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  • According to a user from New York, United States, the name Tang is of Unknown origin and means "Gift of God".
  • A submission from Michigan, United States says the name Tang means "From the Tang dynasty" and is of Unknown origin.
  • According to a user from Singapore, the name Tang is of Chinese origin and means "Sweet".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tang
A coarse blackish seaweed (Fuscus nodosus).

Etymology: Of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. tang seaweed, Sw. tång, Icel. þang. Cf. Tangle

noun Tang
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  1. A strong or offensive taste; especially, a taste of something extraneous to the thing itself; as, wine or cider has a tang of the cask.
  2. Fig.: A sharp, specific flavor or tinge. Cf. Tang a twang."Such proceedings had a strong tang of tyranny." [Fuller.]"A cant of philosophism, and a tang of party politics." [Jeffrey.]
  3. Etymology: Probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. tangi a projecting point; akin to E. tongs. See Tongs

    A projecting part of an object by means of which it is secured to a handle, or to some other part; anything resembling a tongue in form or position.
    1. The part of a knife, fork, file, or other small instrument, which is inserted into the handle.
    2. The projecting part of the breech of a musket barrel, by which the barrel is secured to the stock.
    3. The part of a sword blade to which the handle is fastened.
    4. The tongue of a buckle.
      (Prov. Eng)

Etymology: Probably fr. OD. tanger sharp, tart, literally, pinching; akin to E. tongs. √59. See Tong

noun Tang
A sharp, twanging sound; an unpleasant tone; a twang.

Etymology: Of imitative origin. Cf. Twang. This word has become confused with tang tatse, flavor

noun Tang
A dynasty in Chinese history, from a. d. 618 to 905, distinguished by the founding of the Imperial Academy (the Hanlin), by the invention of printing, and as marking a golden age of literature.

Etymology: Chin. T`ang

verb Tang
To cause to ring or sound loudly; to ring.
verb Tang
To make a ringing sound; to ring.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of various kelps especially of the genus Laminaria
  2. Any of various coarse seaweeds
  3. Brown algae seaweed with serrated edges
  4. A common rockweed used in preparing kelp and as manure
  5. A tart spicy quality
  6. The taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
  7. The imperial dynasty of China from 618 to 907
Wiktionary

From Mandarin (Táng).

  1. The imperial dynasty of China which reigned from 618 to 907.
  2. The Turkic dynasty of China which lasted from 923 to 936.
  3. A kingdom in China which existed between 937 and 975.
  4. Any of a number of places in China.

From Mandarin (Tāng).

  1. A Mandarin surname.

From Cantonese (Tang4 (Téng ㄊㄥˊ)).

  1. A Cantonese surname.

From Chinese (Dèng ㄉㄥˋ Dang6)

  1. A Chinese surname

From Persian تنگ (tang, “narrow, tight”).

  1. Any of a number of places, including a village in Iran and a village in Afghanistan.

    Tang was also found in the following language(s): German

    Notable Persons Named Tang

    Tang Wei is an actress. Her career lasted from 1998 to 1998. Tang was born on October 7th, 1979 in Wenzhou.

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    Tang Taizong was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 6261 to 6261. Tang was born as the child of Emperor Gaozu of Tang on January 28th, 0598 in Qingshan Palace in Wugong, Sui China. He passed away on July 10th, 0649.

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    Tang Xuanzong was royalty. His career lasted from 712 to 756. Tang was born as the child of Emperor Ruizong of Tang on September 8th, 0685. He died on May 3rd, 0762.

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    Tang Gaozong was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 649 to 683. Tang was born as the child of Emperor Taizong of Tang and Empress Zhangsun on July 21st, 0628. He breathed his last breath on December 27th, 0683.

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    Tang Gaozu was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 618 to 626. Tang was born on April 8th, 0566 in Chang'an. He breathed his last breath on June 25th, 0635.

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    Tang Daizong was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 762 to 779. Tang was born as the child of Emperor Suzong of Tang on January 9th, 0727 in Luoyang. He passed away on May 23rd, 0779.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tang

    Tiffany is also known as Candy (糖糖) and Candy girl (糖囡).

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    Danson Tang is a mandopop singing, actor, and model (people). He plays Vocal, Piano, and Guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to 2004. Danson was born on September 2nd, 1984 in Keelung. Danson is also known as DT.

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    Kaiji Tang is a voice actor, film/television actor, and voice acting. His ongoing career started in 2007. Kaiji was born Kaiji Tang on January 25th, 1984 in Shanghai.

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    Joyce Tang is an actor. Joyce was born on January 20th, 1976.

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    Felicia was given the name Felicia Lee on October 22nd, 1977 in Singapore. Felicia is also known as Lee and Felicia. She died on September 11th, 2009.

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    Sir David Tang is a businessman. David was born on August 2nd, 1954. David is also known as Sir David Tang and 鄧永鏘.

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Tang U.S.
      White 2.64% 64.26%
      African American 0.62% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 93.31% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.05% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.13% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.25% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Tang

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Tang

    • How Popular is the name Tang? Tang is the 48,144th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tang was the 999th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Tang have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 47 babies born with the first name Tang in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tang? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1980 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Tang first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tang is Tuesday, March 18th, 1879.
    • What year had the most people named Tang born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tang was in 1981 with a total of 8 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Tang: Your name in reverse order is Gnat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tnag. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Tang? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 34,961 people with the last name Tang.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tang? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Tang 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)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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