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.
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]
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).
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]
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’.
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]
From Chinese 蔡 (cài)
referring to the ancient state of Cai during the Zhou
dynasty. In the case of Hui Muslim usage, it is also interpreted as a contraction of the Arabic given name Uthman
From Chinese 柴 (chái)
meaning "firewood, brushwood".
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.
A Chinese surname meaning to wear/wore.
From the Chinese element de
, meaning "ethics, moral, virtue".
In Chinese, it means "east". An origin of Dong is the simplification of the surname Dongfang, which originates from Fu Xi.
From Chinese 方 (fāng)
meaning "square" or "four-sided". It could also mean "house" and "fragrant", depending on which tone is used.
From Chinese 馮 (féng)
representing galloping or speed.
From Chinese 凤 (fèng)
meaning "fenghuang", referring to a phoenix-like mythical bird in Chinese legend.
Derived from Chinese 风 (fēng)
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.
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]
From Chinese 梁 (liáng)
, which refers to the ancient state of Liang that existed during the Spring and Autumn period (approximately 771 to 476 BC).
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.
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 Chinese (Rare)
Eminent, powerful. Bold, deceiving. Fierce, ferocious. The first of the series. The first month. The eldest.... [more]
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 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]
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]
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]
OUYANG 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.
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.
From Chinese 青 (qīng)
meaning "blue, green, young".
From the name of an ancient region which existed during the Warring States period (403-221 B.C.) in the state of Zhao
. As a stand-alone character, 饒 (ráo)
literally means "abundant, plentiful".
From the Chinese 任 (rèn)
meaning "officeholder, postholder" or "to appoint, to assign".
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]
From Chinese 佘 (shé)
, which is of unknown significance.
From Chinese 沈 (shěn)
which refers to the ancient state of Shen (Shěn) located in the present-day province of Henan.
From Chinese 申 (shēn)
meaning "to extend, to stretch", also referring to the ancient Chinese state of Shen (Shēn) during the Zhou
From Chinese 慎 (shèn)
meaning "cautious, acting sincerely, with care".
From Chinese 司 (sī)
meaning "to take charge of, to control, to manage" or "officer, official".
SZETO 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.
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.
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.
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]
From Chinese 葉 (yè)
From Chinese 源 (yuán)
meaning "source, origin, root".
Derived from Chinese 莊 (zhuāng)
meaning "village, farmstead, hamlet" or "villa, manor".
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]