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.
ANChinese
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]
ANGChinese
Meaning "To hold High". Hokkien and Teochew romanization of the Chinese surnames Wang (汪, Wāng) meaning "King", Wang is also prounounced "Heng" in Teochew.
AOChinese (?)
Chinese from the name of Da Ao, a teacher of the legendary emperor Zhuan Xu (26th century bc).
AUChinese
Chinese variant of Ou.
AU-YEUNGChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Ouyang.
BAChinese
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]
BAOChinese
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]
BIChinese
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’.
BIANChinese
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]
CAIChinese
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.
CHAIChinese
From Chinese 柴 (chái) meaning "firewood, brushwood".
CHANGChinese, Korean
This is the pinyin romanization of 常, Cháng ... [more]
CHEAHChinese
Variant of Xie.
CHENGChinese
Cheng itself means to face one's universal self with universal true feeling.... [more]
CHIANGChinese, Taiwanese
Chinese variant transcription of Jiang also used in Taiwan.
CHIENTaiwanese, Chinese
Taiwanese transcription of Jian.
CHINChinese
Hakka form of Chen
CHINGChinese (Cantonese, Latinized)
A Cantonese romanization of the Chinese surname Cheng
CHOIChinese
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.
DAIChinese
A Chinese surname meaning to wear/wore.
DEEWelsh, Irish, English, Scottish, Chinese (Latinized)
Welsh: nickname for a swarthy person, from Welsh du ‘dark’, ‘black’. ... [more]
DONGChinese
In Chinese, it means "east". An origin of Dong is the simplification of the surname Dongfang, which originates from Fu Xi.
FANGChinese
From Chinese 方 (fāng) meaning "square" or "four-sided". It could also mean "house" and "fragrant", depending on which tone is used.
FENGChinese
From Chinese 馮 (féng) representing galloping or speed.
FENGChinese
From Chinese 凤 (fèng) meaning "fenghuang", referring to a phoenix-like mythical bird in Chinese legend.
FENGChinese
Derived from Chinese 风 (fēng) meaning "wind".
FUNGChinese (Cantonese), Taiwanese
Cantonese and Taiwanese romanization of Feng.
GAOChinese
This surname is written with the character meaning "Tall, High": 高. A notable bearer, is Guiying Gao, a female revolutionary army commander.
HENGChinese
This is the surname of Emperor Li, known by other names also. Heng was his personal last name.
HSIEHTaiwanese
Taiwanese transcription of Xie.
HSINTaiwanese
Taiwanese transcription of Xin.
HUIChinese
(Cantonese form)... [more]
HWANGKorean, Chinese
Chinese variant transcription and Korean form of Huang.
JIANChinese, Taiwanese
From Chinese 簡 (jiǎn) meaning “simple, uncomplicated”.
JUNGKorean, Chinese
Korean variant transcription of Chung and Chinese variant transcription of Zheng.
KUOChinese
Variant of Guo.
LEONGChinese, Malaysian
Chinese variant as well as the Malaysian form of Liang.
LEUNGChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variant of Liang.
LIANGChinese, Taiwanese
From Chinese 梁 (liáng) meaning "bridge, beam, elevation, mass". The name can also refer to the ancient Chinese state of Liang.
LIONGChinese (Hakka), Chinese (Cantonese)
Form of Liang influenced by Dutch orthography. It is mainly used by Indonesians of Hakka or Cantonese Chinese descent.
LONGChinese
Character meaning "dragon"
LUMChinese
Lum is a variant of Lim,Lam, and Lin, meaning "forest"
MAIChinese
Chinese surname meaning "wheat,barley".
MAKChinese (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.
MAOChinese
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.
MENGChinese (Rare)
Eminent, powerful. Bold, deceiving. Fierce, ferocious. The first of the series. The first month. The eldest.... [more]
MOChinese
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]
MOKChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese form of Mo.
MOUChinese, 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]
MUChinese
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]
NGAIChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variant of Wei and Ni.
ONGChinese
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]
OUChinese (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]
OUYANGChinese, 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]
OWChinese
Variant of Ou.
PAOChinese
Variant of Bao.
PENGChinese, Taiwanese
It is written with the hazi symbol meaning "Drum": 彭.
POONChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Pan (2).
QINChinese
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.
QINGChinese
From Chinese 青 (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young".
QUANChinese
Of the Quan village
RAOChinese
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".
RENChinese
From the Chinese 任 (rèn) meaning "officeholder, postholder" or "to appoint, to assign".
SHANChinese
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]
SHEChinese
From Chinese 佘 (shé), which is of unknown significance.
SHENChinese
From Chinese 沈 (shěn) which refers to the ancient state of Shen (Shěn) located in the present-day province of Henan.
SHENChinese
From Chinese 申 (shēn) meaning "to extend, to stretch", also referring to the ancient Chinese state of Shen (Shēn) during the Zhou dynasty.
SHENChinese
From Chinese 慎 (shèn) meaning "cautious, acting sincerely, with care".
SHIEHTaiwanese
Taiwanese romanization of Shi and Xie.
SIChinese
From Chinese 司 (sī) meaning "to take charge of, to control, to manage" or "officer, official".
SIMChinese, Korean
Korean form of Shen and Chinese variant romanization of Shen.
SINChinese
Probably a variant of Shen or Xin.
SINGGerman, Chinese (Cantonese), Indian
German: probably a variant of Seng. ... [more]
SOChinese (Cantonese)
A Cantonese form of Su.
SZETOChinese (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.
TAOChinese
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]
TSAIChinese, Taiwanese
Variant transcription of Cai also used in Taiwan.
TSAIChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variant of Chai.
TSANGChinese (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.
TSEChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Xie.
TSENGTaiwanese, Chinese
Taiwanese transcription of Zeng.
XIANGChinese
The sources are in the notes.
XIEChinese
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.
XINChinese
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.
XIONGChinese
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]
YAPChinese (Hakka), Chinese (Hokkien)
Hakka and Hokkien form of Ye.
YEChinese
From Chinese 葉 (yè) meaning "leaf".
YEEChinese, Korean
Yee is a variant of the Chinese Yu, and the Korean Yi.... [more]
YEHChinese
Variant romanization of Ye.
YIPChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese form of Ye.
YUANChinese
From Chinese 源 (yuán) meaning "source, origin, root".
YUEHTaiwanese
Taiwanese romanization of Yue.
ZHIHUAChinese (Rare)
Rare Chinese compound surname.
ZHUANGChinese
Derived from Chinese 莊 (zhuāng) meaning "village, farmstead, hamlet" or "villa, manor".
ZHUGEChinese
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]