Type Surname (from location)
Usage Chinese (Wu)
Other Forms FormsHsiao, Siauw, Shiao, Sjauw, Siaw, Siew, Siow, Seow, Siu, Sui
Edit Status Status [contributor]
From the name of a fiefdom or territory called Xiao (in present-day Anhui province) that existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). A descendant of the ruler of the state of Song was granted this fiefdom and subsequently his descendants adopted the place name as their surname.