This is a list of surnames in which the length is 2.
From Chinese 杜 (dù)
meaning "stop, prevent"
or "birchleaf pear tree"
From Chinese 何 (hé)
, representing a southern pronunciation of the name of the ancient state of Han (see Han
). After Han was destroyed by the state of Qin, those who resettled further south changed their name to this character in order to match the local pronunciation.
From Chinese 胡 (hú)
meaning "beard, whiskers, recklessly, wildly, barbarian"
From Sino-Korean 林 (im)
, making it the Korean form of Lin
, or 任 (im)
of uncertain meaning, making it the Korean form of Ren
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 조
Li 1 Chinese
From Chinese 李 (lǐ)
meaning "plum, plum tree"
. This was the surname of Chinese emperors of the Tang dynasty.
From Chinese 吕 (lǚ)
meaning "musical note" and also referring to the former state of Lu, which was situated in what is now Henan province.
Wu 1 Chinese
From Chinese 吴 (wú)
referring to the ancient state of Wu, which was located in present-day Jiangsu province.
Xu 1 Chinese
From Chinese 徐 (xú)
referring to the ancient state of Xu, which existed to the 6th century BC in what is now Jiangsu and Anhui. The character 徐
means "slowly, calmly".
Xu 2 Chinese
From Chinese 许 (xǔ)
referring to the minor state of Xu, which existed to the 4th century BC in what is now Henan province. The character 许
means "allow, permit".
Yu 1 Chinese
From Chinese 于 (yú)
meaning "in, on, at"
. According to legend, King Wu of Zhou bestowed the realm of Yu to his second son, who subsequently adopted this as his surname.
Yu 4 Chinese
From Chinese 虞 (yú)
meaning "concerned, anxious"
and also referring to the ancient state of Yu, which was situated in what is now Shanxi province.