JUNG - Surname Meaning and Origin

What Does the Last Name Jung Mean?

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The Jung surname means "young," and was often used to distinguish the younger of two men with the same name, such as a son from a father or the younger of two cousins. It derives from the German word jung, from the Middle High German junc, meaning "young." YOUNG is the English variant of the surname, while JAROS is found in Poland.

According to "Dictionary of American Family Names," Jung can also be a variant of the Chinese name Rong, or Korean name Chong. It is a common surname in both countries.

Surname Origin: German, Chinese, Korean

Alternate Surname Spellings: JUNK, YUNG, YONG, YOUNG, YOUNGE, JAROS

Where in the World is the JUNG Surname Found?

The Jung surname is most common in Germany, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler, especially in the states of Saarland and Rheinland-Pfalz, followed by Hessen and Thüringen. Other top regions for Jung include Alsace, France, and Grevenmacher, Luxembourg. Surname distribution maps at Forebears identify Jung as the 5th most common surname in South Korea, the 35th most common surname in North Korea, and the 39th most common surname in Germany. It is also the 10th most common last name in Thailand.

Famous People with the Last Name JUNG

  • Carl "C.G." Jung - Swiss psychiatrist, founder of analytical psychology
  • Chan Sung Jung - Korean MMA fighter
  • Rudolf Jung - instrumental force of Austrian National Socialism; member of the Nazi party
  • Johann Heinrich Jung - German author who wrote under the name Heinrich Stilling

Genealogy Resources for the Surname JUNG

How to Trace Your German Ancestry
Learn how to trace your German roots back to the old country and beyond, from gathering information on your family to locating your ancestor's German hometown to accessing vital records, passenger records and church records in Germany.

German Genealogy Databases and Online Records
Research your German family tree online in this collection of online German genealogy databases and records. 

Jung Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Jung surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Jung query.

FamilySearch - JUNG Genealogy
Explore over 9 million historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Jung surname and its variations on the free FamilySearch website, hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Jung Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Jung last name from the website of Genealogy Today.

References:
Surname Meanings & Origins
Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.
Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.
Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.
Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.
Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.
Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.