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Contributor Contrib.ec101895 on 6/12/2007
Cheng itself means "to face one's universal self with universal true feeling." The 31st most common last name in China. In ancient China, Zhuan Xu, asked his two grandsons to be in charge of making sacrifices. The older brother, Chong, had the title of Nan Zheng and was in charge of making sacrifices to the heaven. The younger brother, Li, had the title of Huo Zheng and was in charge of the earthly matters. The two brothers brought peace and regulations to the people, so that they could concentrate on making a living on the farm. The descendents of Chong and Li, held on to the assignments for generations. During the Zhou Dynasty, the descendents of Chong was awarded the kingdom of Cheng (east of Le Yang in Henan Province), and they began to bear the last name Cheng.