Type Surname (from location)
Usage 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. Other descendants adopted the surname Ou Yang (the most common of the two-character Chinese surnames), composed of this character together with a character meaning ‘sunny’, indicating the region to the south of the mountain.