Jang (Korean surname)

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Revised Romanization Jang
McCune–Reischauer Chang

Jang, Chang, and (less often) Zang are romanizations of the common Korean surname , previously several separate surnames derived from the Chinese surnames Zhang (Hanja ), Zhang (), Zhuang (), and Jiang ().[citation needed]


In a study by the National Institute of the Korean Language based on 2007 application data for South Korean passports, it was found that 84.5% of people with this surname spelled it in Latin letters as Jang in their passports. Another 14.9% spelled it as Chang, and 0.2% as Zhang. Rare alternative spellings included Jahng and Jean.[1]


During the 2000 South Korean Census, there were close to 920,000 people in South Korea– 2.1% of the general population–with this surname, most written with the hanja 張.[citation needed]

Jang is a relatively common surname in the United States and was listed 5,531st overall during the 2000 US Census.[2] Zang was much less common and ranked 14,627th.[2]

Chang is a common surname in the United States and was listed 424th overall[2] and 11th among Asian and Pacific Islanders in 2000.[3] However, the vast majority of these were Chinese Americans going by the Wade-Giles romanization of the Chinese surname.[4]

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  1. ^ 성씨 로마자 표기 방안: 마련을 위한 토론회 [Plan for romanisation of surnames: a preparatory discussion]. National Institute of the Korean Language. 25 June 2009. p. 60. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c US Census Bureau. Op. cit. Public Broadcasting Service. "How Popular Is Your Last Name?" Accessed 6 Apr 2012.
  3. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Genealogy Data: Frequently Occurring Surnames from Census 2000". 27 Sept 2011. Accessed 29 Mar 2012.
  4. ^ Lauderdale, Diane S. & al. "Asian American ethnic identification by surname". Population Research & Policy Review 19: 283–300. Klewer Academic Publishers, 2000.