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.
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]
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
Variant pinyin transliteration of Jiang. This was the surname of leader of the opposition to Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek (Western Kai-shek Chiang).
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.
DEA     Irish, Chinese
Irish: reduced form of O’Dea.... [more]
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
Can mean "gallop", "phoenix", "wind", or "offering" in Chinese, depending on the specific tone.
FUNG     Chinese
Variant of Feng.
GAN     Chinese
HSIEH     Taiwanese
Taiwanese transcription of Xie.
HSIN     Taiwanese
Taiwanese transcription of Xin.
HUI     Chinese
(Cantonese form)... [more]
HWANG     Chinese
A variation of Huang. 黃 means "yellow" in Chinese.
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 word also refers to the ancient Chinese state of Liang.
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.
MANDARIN     Chinese
Means 'A Chinese Courtier'
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 the Chinese surnames Wei and Ni.
O     Korean, Chinese
Variant of Korean and Chinese Oh.
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]
OW     Chinese
Variant of Ou.
PAI     Chinese
PAO     Chinese
Variant of Bao.
PEI     Chinese
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.
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".
RI     Chinese
means 'the sun'
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]
SHEN     Chinese
From Chinese 沈 (shěn) which refers to the ancient state of Shen (Shěn) during the Zhou dynasty 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". This particular form is far less common than the other two "Shens".
SIET     Chinese
It is named after a Chinese General or Warrior.
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.
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]
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.
TSENG     Taiwanese, Chinese
Taiwanese transcription of Zeng.
WANNE     Chinese (Cantonese)
warm, gentle, soft
WONG     Chinese
Cantonese version of Huang. Can also be Cantonese version of Wang, meaning "king"
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 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.
ZHIHUA     Chinese (Rare)
Rare Chinese compound surname.
ZHUANG     Chinese
Chinese given name from the character meaning "village, hamlet" or "villa".
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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