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
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AN 安 Chinese
Means from "peace" or "tranquility" from the character 安
. In China 安 (An)
also serves as an abbreviation for 安息 (Anxi)
, refering to the Arsacid Empire... [more]
AO Chinese (?)
Chinese from the name of Da Ao, a teacher of the legendary emperor Zhuan XU
(26th century bc).
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 寶 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]
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 卞, 边, 扁, 弁, 汴 Chinese
Romanization of a Chinese surname, which in Pinyin may be respectively Biàn, Biān or Biǎn. The former, written with the character 卞
means "to be impatient", "to be in a hurry" or "excitable" and is by far the most common... [more]
CAI 蔡 Chinese
From Chinese 蔡 (cài)
referring to the ancient state of Cai during the Zhou
dynasty. Among Hui Muslims, it is interpreted as a contraction of the Arabic given name Uthman
Cheng itself means "to face one's universal self with universal true feeling." ... [more]
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.
COJUANGCO Chinese (Filipino)
From Hokkien 許寰哥 (Khó͘ Hoân-ko)
, which was the nickname of Co Yu Hwan (許玉寰), a Chinese migrant who arrived in the Philippines in the 19th century. This is the name of a prominent political and business family in the Philippines.
DAI 戴 Chinese
A Chinese surname meaning to wear/wore.
From the Chinese element de
, meaning "ethics, moral, virtue".
DONG 董 Chinese
In Chinese, it means "east". An origin of Dong is the simplification of the surname Dongfang, which originates from Fu Xi.
FANG 方, 房, 芳 Chinese
From Chinese 方 (fāng)
meaning "square" or "four-sided". It could also mean "house" and "fragrant", depending on which tone is used.
FENG 冯, 馮 Chinese
From Chinese 馮 (féng)
representing galloping or speed.
FENG 凤, 鳳 Chinese
From Chinese 凤 (fèng)
meaning "fenghuang", referring to a phoenix-like mythical bird in Chinese legend.
FENG 风, 風 Chinese
Derived from Chinese 风 (fēng)
GAO 高 Chinese
This surname is written with the character meaning "Tall, High": 高. A notable bearer, is Guiying Gao, a female revolutionary army commander.
This is the surname of Emperor Li, known by other names also. Heng was his personal last name.
HU 虎 Chinese
From Chinese 虎 (hǔ)
LAN 蓝 Chinese
There are 2 origins.The Lan from the north came from an area called Lantian.The one from the south was from minorities like She\Zhuang\Hui\Man\Yao.... [more]
LIANG 梁 Chinese
Refers to the ancient state of Liang that existed during the Spring and Autumn period (approximately 771 to 476 BC).
MAI 麥 麦 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 毛 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 孟 Chinese (Rare)
Eminent, powerful. Bold, deceiving. Fierce, ferocious. The first of the series. The first month. The eldest.... [more]
MO 莫 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]
MOU 牟 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 穆, 牧, 慕, 木, 母 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]
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 欧阳, 歐陽 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]
Ping is the Mandarin pinyin romanization of the Chinese surname written 平 in Chinese character.
Named after a Chinese mountain, Qiao Shan, where Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi was supposedly buried. This is the 96th most common surname in China.
QIN 秦 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 青 Chinese
From Chinese 青 (qīng)
meaning "blue, green, young".
RAO 饶, 饒 Chinese
From Chinese 饒 (ráo)
referring to the ancient region of Rao, which existed during the Warring States period (403-221 B.C.) in the state of Zhao
REN 任 Chinese
From the Chinese 任 (rèn)
meaning "officeholder, postholder" or "to appoint, to assign".
SHAN 山 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 佘 Chinese
From Chinese 佘 (shé)
, which is of unknown significance.
SHEN 沈, 瀋 Chinese
From Chinese 沈 (shěn)
which refers to the ancient state of Shen (Shěn) located in the present-day province of Henan.
SHEN 申 Chinese
From Chinese 申 (shēn)
meaning "to extend, to stretch", also referring to the ancient Chinese state of Shen (Shēn) during the ZHOU
SHEN 慎 Chinese
From Chinese 慎 (shèn)
meaning "cautious, acting sincerely, with care".
SI 司 Chinese
From Chinese 司 (sī)
meaning "to take charge of, to control, to manage" or "officer, official".
SZETO 司徒 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 陶 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]
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.
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.
XIONG 熊 Chinese
Perhaps derived from Huanxiong (黄熊), a name for the Chinese folk hero Fuxi (the name literally means "yellow bear") or from Youxiong (有熊) a name for the Yellow Emperor Huangdi, a legendary Chinese emperor and folk hero... [more]
YAW Irish, English, Chinese
Irish: reduced and altered Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eochadha Chinese : Cantonese variant of Qiu
YE 葉, 叶 Chinese
From Chinese 葉 (yè)
ZENG 曾 Chinese
From Chinese 曾 (zēng)
which is another name for the ancient state of Kuai, which existed during the Xia dynasty (2205-1766 BC).
ZHUANG 庄, 莊 Chinese
Derived from Chinese 莊 (zhuāng)
meaning "village, farmstead, hamlet" or "villa, manor".
ZHUGE 諸葛 Chinese
One of the rare Chinese double character surnames. It is ranked 314th in the Hundred Family Surnames. The first character 諸
can be read as "all, these, various" and the second character 葛
as meaning "vine, vines"... [more]