Chinese Submitted Surnames

Chinese names are used in China and in Chinese communities throughout the world. Note that depending on the Chinese characters used these names can have many other meanings besides those listed here. See also about Chinese names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AN     Chinese
Means from "peace" or "tranquility" from the character . In China 安 (An) also serves as an abbreviation for 安息 (Anxi), refering to the Arsacid Empire... [more]
ANG     Chinese
Meaning "To hold High". Hokkien and Teochew romanization of the Chinese surnames Wang (汪, Wāng) meaning "King", Wang is also prounounced "Heng" in Teochew.
AO     Chinese (?)
Chinese from the name of Da Ao, a teacher of the legendary emperor Zhuan Xu (26th century bc).
AU     Chinese
Chinese variant of Ou.
AU-YEUNG     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of the Chinese compound surname Ouyang.
BA     Chinese
Chinese from the name of the kingdom of Ba, which existed in Sichuan during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Descendants of some of the ruling class adopted the name of the kingdom as their surname... [more]
BAO     Chinese
There are three different surnames that are Romanized in pinyin as Bao. Other Romanizations include Bau, Pao, and Pau. This character also means "abalone", but the name comes from an old place name... [more]
BI     Chinese
Probably from the name of a people living to the west of China in ancient times, who integrated with the Han Chinese during the Han dynasty (206 bc–220 ad). The character also means ‘finish’, ‘conclude’.
BIAN     Chinese
Romanization of a Chinese surname, which in Pinyin may be respectively Biàn, Biān or Biǎn. The former, written with the character means "to be impatient", "to be in a hurry" or "excitable" and is by far the most common... [more]
CAI     Chinese
From Chinese 蔡 (cài) referring to the ancient state of Cai during the Zhou dynasty. In the case of Hui Muslim usage, it is also interpreted as a contraction of the Arabic given name Uthman.
CHAI     Chinese
From Chinese 柴 (chái) meaning "firewood, brushwood".
CHANG     Chinese, Korean
This is the pinyin romanization of 常, Cháng ... [more]
CHEAH     Chinese
Variant of Xie.
CHENG     Chinese
Cheng itself means to face one's universal self with universal true feeling.... [more]
CHIANG     Chinese, Taiwanese
Chinese variant transcription of Jiang also used in Taiwan.
CHIEN     Taiwanese, Chinese
Taiwanese transcription of Jian.
CHIN     Chinese
Hakka form of Chen
CHING     Chinese (Cantonese, Latinized)
A Cantonese romanization of the Chinese surname Cheng
CHOI     Chinese
Cantonese form of Chai (Mandarin). Also spelt Choy (American translation), and Tsai (Taiwanese version). Meaning uncertain; has to do with vegetation/ vegetable, but does not necessarily mean so.
DEE     Welsh, Irish, English, Scottish, Chinese (Latinized)
Welsh: nickname for a swarthy person, from Welsh du ‘dark’, ‘black’. ... [more]
DONG     Chinese
In Chinese, it means "east". An origin of Dong is the simplification of the surname Dongfang, which originates from Fu Xi.
FANG     Chinese
From Chinese 方 (fāng) meaning "square" or "four-sided". It could also mean "house" and "fragrant", depending on which tone is used.
FENG     Chinese
From Chinese 馮 (féng) representing galloping or speed.
FENG     Chinese
From Chinese 凤 (fèng) meaning "fenghuang", referring to a phoenix-like mythical bird in Chinese legend.
FENG     Chinese
Derived from Chinese 风 (fēng) meaning "wind".
FUNG     Chinese (Cantonese), Taiwanese
Cantonese and Taiwanese romanization of Feng.
GAN     Chinese
GAO     Chinese
This surname is written with the character meaning "Tall, High":高. A notable bearer, is Guiying Gao, a female revolutionary army commander.
HENG     Chinese
This is the surname of Emperor Li, known by other names also. Heng was his personal last name.
HSIEH     Taiwanese
Taiwanese transcription of Xie.
HSIN     Taiwanese
Taiwanese transcription of Xin.
HUI     Chinese
(Cantonese form)... [more]
HWANG     Korean, Chinese
Chinese variant transcription and Korean form of Huang.
JIAN     Chinese, Taiwanese
From Chinese 簡 (jiǎn) meaning “simple, uncomplicated”.
JUNG     Korean, Chinese
Korean variant transcription of Chung and Chinese variant transcription of Zheng.
KU     Chinese
KUO     Chinese
Variant of Guo.
LEONG     Chinese, Malaysian
Chinese variant as well as the Malaysian form of Liang.
LEUNG     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variant of Liang.
LIANG     Chinese, Taiwanese
From Chinese 梁 (liáng) meaning "bridge, beam, elevation, mass". The name can also refer to the ancient Chinese state of Liang.
LIONG     Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Cantonese), Indonesian
Form of Liang influenced by Dutch orthography. It is mainly used by Indonesians of Hakka or Cantonese Chinese descent.
LONG     Chinese
Character meaning "dragon"
LUM     Chinese
Lum is a variant of Lim,Lam, and Lin, meaning "forest"
MAI     Chinese
Chinese surname meaning "wheat,barley".
MAK     Chinese (Cantonese)
Transliterated from the Chinese surname Mai meaning "wheat, barley". A bearer of this surname is Dennis Mak. He is a singer from Hong Kong and was a former member of the Cantopop group Boy'z.
MAO     Chinese
From Chinese 毛 (máo) which refers to the ancient region of Mao (in the present-day Henan province) of the Zhou dynasty. The character also means "hair" or "feather" in Chinese. The most notable bearer of this surname was Chinese communist revolutionary Mao Zedong (1893-1976), who was the founder of the People's Republic of China.
MENG     Chinese (Rare)
Eminent, powerful. Bold, deceiving. Fierce, ferocious. The first of the series. The first month. The eldest.... [more]
MO     Chinese
According to a study of Mu Ying's Name record, the surname came to be when descendants of the antediluvian ruler Zhuanxu abbreviated the name of his city, Moyangcheng (莫陽城; in modern-day Pingxiang County, Hebei) and took it as their surname... [more]
MOK     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese form of Mo.
MOU     Chinese, Lao
Chinese : from the name of a state of Mou that existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Descendants of the ruling class of this state adopted its name as their surname. ... [more]
MU     Chinese
Chinese : in the state of Song during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) there existed a leader who was posthumously given the name of the duke of Mu. His descendants adopted Mu as their surname... [more]
NGAI     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variant of Wei and Ni.
ONG     Chinese
The Ong family name is originated from Fujian Province, China. Fujian Province dialect is commonly known as Hok Kian or Min Nan Hua in Mandarin Chinese.... [more]
OU     Chinese (Cantonese)
During the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), a prince of the state of Yue was enfeoffed a region that included a mountain the name of which contained the Chinese character for Ou. Many of the prince’s descendants adopted this character as their surname... [more]
OUYANG     Chinese, Taiwanese
Derived from Chinese 歐余 (ōuyú), the name of a mountain in present-day Huzhou, China (now called Mount Sheng). The name originates from Ti, a prince of the ancient Yue state, who resided on the south side of the mountain with his family... [more]
OW     Chinese
Variant of Ou.
PAI     Chinese
PAO     Chinese
Variant of Bao.
PEI     Chinese
PENG     Chinese, Taiwanese
Written with the symbol meaning "Drum":彭.
POON     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Pan (2).
QIN     Chinese
From Chinese 秦 (qín) referring to the ancient state of Qin, which existed from 221 BC to 206 BC in what is now the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces.
QING     Chinese
From Chinese 青 (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young".
QUAN     Chinese
Of the Quan village
RAO     Chinese
From the name of an area called Rao, which existed in the state of Zhao during the Warring States period (403–221 bc).
REN     Chinese
From the Chinese 任 (rèn) meaning "officeholder, postholder" or "to appoint, to assign".
SHAN     Chinese
From the place name Shan. Cheng Wang, the second king (1115–1079 bc) of the Zhou dynasty, granted to a son the area of Shan, and the son’s descendants adopted the place name as their surname. It comes from the Chinese word meaning "mountain"... [more]
SHE     Chinese
From Chinese 佘 (shé), which is of unknown significance.
SHEN     Chinese
From Chinese 沈 (shěn) which refers to the ancient state of Shen (Shěn) located in the present-day province of Henan.
SHEN     Chinese
From Chinese 申 (shēn) meaning "to extend, to stretch", also referring to the ancient Chinese state of Shen (Shēn) during the Zhou dynasty.
SHEN     Chinese
From Chinese 慎 (shèn) meaning "cautious, acting sincerely, with care".
SI     Chinese
From Chinese 司 (sī) meaning "to take charge of, to control, to manage" or "officer, official".
SIM     Chinese, Korean
Korean form of Shen and Chinese variant romanization of Shen.
SIN     Chinese
Probably a variant of Shen or Xin.
SING     German, Chinese (Cantonese), Indian
German: probably a variant of Seng. ... [more]
SO     Chinese (Cantonese)
A Cantonese form of Su.
SZETO     Chinese (Cantonese)
From Chinese 司徒 (sītú), which denoted the Minister over the Masses (one of three important official titles of the Han dynasty). It is somewhat equivalent to the modern-day title of Prime Minister.
TAO     Chinese
According to tradition, from Tao Tangshi, the name of the emperor Yao (2357–2257 bc), first of the three model emperors, before he came to power. A branch of his descendants retained the surname Tao... [more]
TSAI     Chinese, Taiwanese
Variant transcription of Cai also used in Taiwan.
TSAI     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variant of Chai.
TSANG     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variation of the surname Zeng. Shao Kang was the king of the Xia Dynasty, and he delegated one of his sons to rule the State of Zeng. Zeng was originally the name of a place during the Shao Kang's reign.
TSE     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Xie.
TSENG     Taiwanese, Chinese
Taiwanese transcription of Zeng.
WONG     Chinese
Cantonese version of Huang. Can also be Cantonese version of Wang, meaning "king"
XIA     Chinese
XIANG     Chinese
The sources are in the notes.
XIE     Chinese
From an area called Xie, in present-day Henan province. Xuan Wang, the penultimate king (827–781 bc) of the Western Zhou dynasty, granted this area to one of his brothers-in-law, and the latter’s descendants adopted the place name Xie as their surname.
XIN     Chinese
From the name of a state of Xin that existed during the Xia dynasty. King Qi (2197–2188 bc) granted this state to one of his sons, whose descendants adopted a modified form of the character for Xin as their surname.
YAN     Chinese
YAO     Chinese
YAP     Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Hokkien)
Hakka and Hokkien form of Ye.
YE     Chinese
From Chinese 葉 (yè) meaning "leaf".
YEE     Chinese, Korean
Yee is a variant of the Chinese Yu, and the Korean Yi.... [more]
YIP     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese form of Ye.
YUAN     Chinese
From Chinese 源 (yuán) meaning "source, origin, root".
ZHIHUA     Chinese (Rare)
Rare Chinese compound surname.
ZHUANG     Chinese
Derived from Chinese 莊 (zhuāng) meaning "village, farmstead, hamlet" or "villa, manor".
ZHUGE     Chinese
One of the rare Chinese double character surnames. It is ranked 314th in the Hundred Family Surnames. The first character can be read as "all, these, various" and the second character as meaning "vine, vines"... [more]
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