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.
 more filters...
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AN Chinese, Korean
From Chinese 安 (ān) meaning "peace, tranquility".
ANG Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Hong.
AO Chinese (?)
Chinese from the name of Da Ao, a teacher of the legendary emperor Zhuan XU (26th century bc).
AU Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of OU.
AU-YEUNG 歐陽 Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of OUYANG.
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 卞, 边, 扁, 弁, 汴 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]
CAI Chinese
From Chinese 蔡 (cài) referring to the ancient state of Cai during the Zhou dynasty. Among Hui Muslims, it is interpreted as a contraction of the Arabic given name Uthman.
CHANG Chinese
Alternate transcription of ZHANG.
CHEAH 謝, 谢 Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew), Chinese (Hakka)
Hokkien, Teochew, and Hakka romanization of XIE.
CHENG Chinese
Cheng itself means "to face one's universal self with universal true feeling." ... [more]
CHENG Chinese
Variant of CHEN.
CHENG Chinese
From the Chinese character 程 (chéng) meaning, "journey, sequence, regulations."
CHEW Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of ZHOU.
CHIANG 蔣, 蒋, 姜 Chinese, Taiwanese
Chinese variant transcription of Jiang also used in Taiwan.
CHIEN 簡, 简 Taiwanese
Alternate romanization of JIAN chiefly used in Taiwan.
CHIN Chinese (Hakka)
Hakka romanization of CHEN.
CHING Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of CHENG.
CHOI Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of CAI.
CHOO Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of ZHU.
CHOW Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of ZHOU.
CHUA Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of CAI.
CHUAH Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of CAI.
CHUNG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of ZHANG.
DAI Chinese
A Chinese surname meaning to wear/wore.
DE Chinese
From the Chinese element de, meaning "ethics, moral, virtue".
DEE 狄, 李 Welsh, Irish, English, Scottish, Chinese (Latinized)
Welsh: nickname for a swarthy person, from Welsh du ‘dark’, ‘black’. ... [more]
DIN Filipino, Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of LIN primarily used in the Philippines.
DONG Chinese
In Chinese, it means "east". An origin of Dong is the simplification of the surname Dongfang, which originates from Fu Xi.
DUAN Chinese
From Chinese 段 (duàn) meaning "section, piece, division". According to legend, the name was adopted by the descendants of Shu Duan, a son of a Zheng duke who unsuccessfully tried to overthrow his elder brother.
DUGU 獨孤, 杜固 Chinese
DY Filipino, Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of LI (1) primarily used in the Philippines.
FANG 方, 房, 芳 Chinese
From Chinese 方 (fāng) meaning "square" or "four-sided". It could also mean "house" and "fragrant", depending on which tone is used.
FENG 冯, 馮 Chinese
From Chinese 馮 (féng) representing galloping or speed.
FENG 凤, 鳳 Chinese
From Chinese 凤 (fèng) meaning "fenghuang", referring to a phoenix-like mythical bird in Chinese legend.
FENG 风, 風 Chinese
Derived from Chinese 风 (fēng) meaning "wind".
FOK Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of HUO.
FUNG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of FENG.
GAO Chinese
From Chinese 高 (gāo) meaning "tall, high".
GEH Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of NI.
GOH 吳, 吴 Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of WU.
HE Chinese
From Chinese 何 (hé) which was a southern pronunciation of the name of the ancient state of Han (see HAN), which existed from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC in what is now Shanxi and Henan provinces... [more]
HENG Chinese
This is the surname of Emperor Li, known by other names also. Heng was his personal last name.
HEUNG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of XIANG.
HO Taiwanese, Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of HE as well as an alternate transcription commonly used in Taiwan.
HSIEH Taiwanese
Alternate romanization of XIE chiefly used in Taiwan.
HSIN Taiwanese
Alternate romanization of XIN chiefly used in Taiwan.
HU Chinese
From Chinese 虎 (hǔ) meaning "tiger".
HUA Chinese (Latinized), Chinese Mythology
meaning is "flower" or "blossom"; family name of the legendary warrior of the 'Ballad of Mulan'
HUI Chinese
From Chinese 惠 (huì) meaning "favour, benefit".
HUI Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of XU.
HUO Chinese
From Chinese 霍 (huò) referring to the ancient state of Huo, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now the city of Huozhou in Shanxi province.
HWANG Korean, Chinese
Chinese variant transcription and Korean form of HUANG.
JIAN 簡, 简 Chinese
From Chinese 簡 (jiǎn) meaning "simple, uncomplicated".
KAN 簡, 简 Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Hokkien)
Cantonese and Hokkien romanization of JIAN.
KAY 凱, 凯 Chinese
From Chinese 凯 (kǎi) meaning "triumphant, victorious, triumphal".
KHOO Chinese (Anglicized)
Qiū is the Hanyu Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese family names 丘, 邱, 仇, 秋 and 裘.... [more]
KHUAN 黃, 黄 Chinese (Russified)
Russified form of HUANG used by ethnic Chinese living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
KUENG 鄺, 邝 Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of KUANG.
KUERZI 哭儿子 Chinese
From the Chinese characters 哭儿子 (Kū érzi) meaning, "crying son." This is one of the rare multiple-character Chinese surnames.
KUO Taiwanese
Taiwanese romanization of GUO.
KUYENG 鄺, 邝 Chinese (Russified)
Russified form of KUANG used by ethnic Chinese living in parts of the former Soviet Union (based on the Cantonese romanization of the name).
KVON 鄺, 邝 Chinese (Russified)
Russified form of KUANG used by ethnic Chinese living in parts of the former Soviet Union (based on the Cantonese romanization of the name).
KVONG 鄺, 邝 Chinese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of KVON.
KWEK Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of GUO.
KWONG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of KUANG.
LAN Chinese
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]
LENG Chinese
Chinese variation of LĀNH.
LEONG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of LIANG.
LEUNG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of LIANG.
LEW Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of LIU.
LIANG Chinese
From Chinese 梁 (liáng) referring to the ancient state of Liang, which existed during the Spring and Autumn period in what is now the Shaanxi province.
LIE Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of LI (1).
LIEN Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of LIN.
LIEW 劉, 刘 Chinese (Hakka)
Hakka romanization of LIU.
LIONG Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Hokkien)
Hakka and Hokkien romanization of LIANG.
LONG 龍, 龙 Chinese
From Chinese 龍 (lóng) meaning "dragon".
LUM Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of LIN.
MAI 麥 麦 Chinese
Chinese surname meaning "wheat,barley".
MAK Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of MAI.
MAO Chinese
From Chinese 毛 (máo) referring to the ancient region of Mao, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now the Henan province. A notable bearer of this surname was Chinese communist revolutionary Mao Zedong (1893-1976).
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 romanization of MO.
MOU Chinese
From Chinese 牟 (móu) referring to the ancient state of Mou that existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 BC).
MU 穆, 牧, 慕, 木, 母 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 romanization of WEI.
NGAI Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of NI.
NI Chinese
From Chinese 倪 (ní) referring to the ancient territory of Ni, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now the Shandong province.
OI 黃, 黄 Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of HUANG.
ONG Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of WANG (1).
OOI 黃, 黄 Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of HUANG.
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 歐陽, 欧阳 Chinese
From Chinese 歐 (ōu) referring to Mount Sheng in present-day Huzhou, China, combined with 陽 (yáng) meaning "southern face (of a mountain)". The name supposedly originated with a prince of the Yue state that settled in the area surrounding the mountain... [more]
OW Chinese
Variant of OU.
PAO Chinese
Variant of BAO.
PENG Chinese
From Chinese 彭 (péng) referring to the ancient state of Peng that existed during the Shang dynasty.
PING Chinese
Ping is the Mandarin pinyin romanization of the Chinese surname written 平 in Chinese character.
POON Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of PAN (2).
PUN Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of PAN (2).
QIAN 錢, 钱 Chinese
From Chinese 錢 (qián) meaning "money".
QIAO Chinese
Named after a Chinese mountain, Qiao Shan, where Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi was supposedly buried. This is the 96th most common surname in China.
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.
QING Chinese
From Chinese 青 (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young".
QUAN Chinese
Of the Quan village
QUEK Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of GUO.
RAO 饶, 饒 Chinese
From Chinese 饒 (ráo) referring to the ancient region of Rao, which existed during the Warring States period (403-221 B.C.) in the state of Zhao.
REBONG Chinese (Filipino-style)
Filipinized form of ONG.
REN Chinese
From Chinese 任 (rèn) which is of debated origin. It may have been one of the names given by the legendary emperor Huangdi to his sons, or it may have been the name of an ancient clan in what is now the city of Jining in Shandong province.
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]
SHE Chinese
From Chinese 佘 (shé), which is of unknown significance.
SHEN 瀋, 沈 Chinese
From Chinese 沈 (shěn) referring to the ancient state of Shen, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now the Henan province.
SHEN Chinese
From Chinese 申 (shēn) referring to the ancient state of Shen, which existed during the Zhou dynasty.
SHEN Chinese
From Chinese 慎 (shèn) meaning "cautious, acting sincerely, with care".
SHI Chinese
From Chinese 石 (shí) meaning "stone".
SHIEH 謝, 石 Taiwanese
Alternate romanization of XIE or SHI chiefly used in Taiwan.
SHIH Taiwanese
Alternate transcription of SHI chiefly used in Taiwan.
SHIU Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Shao.
SHUM Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of SHEN.
SI Chinese
From Chinese 司 (sī) meaning "to take charge of, to control, to manage" or "officer, official".
SIM Chinese (Hokkien), Korean
Hokkien romanization and Korean form of SHEN.
SIN Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of XIN.
SING German, Chinese (Cantonese), Indian
German: probably a variant of SENG. ... [more]
SITU 司徒 Chinese
From Chinese 司徒 (sītú), which was a title for one of the highest ranking government positions in ancient China.
SO Chinese (Cantonese)
A Cantonese form of SU.
SUEN Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of SUN.
SY 李, 施 Filipino, Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of LI (1) or SHI chiefly used in the Philippines.
SZETO 司徒 Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of SITU.
TAE 鄭, 郑 Taiwanese, Chinese (Hokkien)
Min Nan and Hokkien romanization of ZHENG.
TAO Chinese
From Chinese 陶 (táo) meaning "pottery, ceramics".
TEO 張, 张 Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of ZHANG.
TEOH 張, 张 Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of ZHANG.
TIAN Chinese
From Chinese 田 (tián) meaning "field, farmland".
TIAO 張, 张 Taiwanese, Chinese (Hokkien)
Min Nan and Hokkien romanization of ZHANG.
TSAI Taiwanese
Alternate romanization of CAI chiefly used in Taiwan.
TSANG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of ZENG.
TSE Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of XIE.
TSENG Taiwanese
Alternate romanization of ZENG chiefly used in Taiwan.
TSO Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of CAO.
TSOI Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of CAI.
UENG 黃, 黄 Chinese (Hakka)
Hakka romanization of HUANG.
UY Filipino, Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of HUANG primarily used in the Philippines.
VAN Chinese (Russified)
Russified form of WANG (1) used by ethnic Chinese living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
VONG 黃, 黄, 王 Chinese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of KHUAN or VAN (based on the Cantonese romanization of the names).
WEI Chinese
From Chinese 魏 (wèi) referring to the ancient state of Wei, which existed from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC in what is now the Henan, Hebei, Shanxi, and Shandong provinces.
WOO Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of HU.
XI Chinese
From Chinese 习 (xí) referring to an ancient territory named Xi, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in the Qin state in what is now Shangxian County, Shaanxi province. A notable berarer is Xi Jinping (1953-), the current president of China.
XIANG Chinese
From Chinese 向 (xiàng) referring to the ancient state of Xiang, which existed during the Spring and Autumn period in what is now the Shandong province.
XIAO Chinese (Wu)
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.
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.
XING Chinese
From the name of an area called Xing, which existed during in the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Descendants of the ruling family of this area adopted Xing as their surname. Another account of the origin derives it from an area named Pingxing.
XIONG Chinese
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]
XU 許, 许 Chinese
From Chinese 許 (xǔ) meaning "to allow, to permit".
XUE Chinese
From the area of Xue, in present-day Shandong province. During the Xia dynasty (2205–1766 bc) an official with the title ‘chief of carts’ was granted this area. Much later, in the state of Qi during the Warring States period (403–221 bc) the same area was granted to a prince... [more]
YAN 楊, 杨 Chinese (Russified)
Russified form of YANG used by ethnic Chinese living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
YANQI Chinese
Yanqi is/ was a county of China. It is also the surname of Mao Yanqi, also known as VAVA.
YAO Chinese
From Chinese 姚 (yáo) meaning "handsome, elegant".
YAP Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Hokkien)
Hakka and Hokkien romanization of YE.
YAW Irish, English, Chinese
Irish: reduced and altered Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eochadha Chinese : Cantonese variant of Qiu.
YE 葉, 叶 Chinese
From Chinese 葉 (yè) meaning "leaf".
YEE Chinese, Korean
Yee is a variant of the Chinese Yu, and the Korean Yi.... [more]
YEH 葉, 叶 Chinese
Variant romanization of YE.
YEW 尤, 游 Chinese (?)
YICK Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of YI.
YIP Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of YE.
YIU Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of YAO.
YONG 楊, 杨 Chinese (Hakka)
Hakka romanization of YANG.
YOW 姚, 饒 Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of YAO or Rao.
YUEH 岳, 樂 Taiwanese
Taiwanese romanization of Yue.
YUNG 容, 翁, 揚 Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Rong or Weng.
ZENG Chinese
From Chinese 曾 (zēng) which is another name for the ancient state of Kuai, which existed during the Xia dynasty (2205-1766 BC).
ZHIHUA Chinese (Rare)
Rare Chinese compound surname.
ZHUAN Chinese (Russified)
Russified form of RUAN used by ethnic Chinese living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
ZHUAN 庄, 莊 Chinese
Alternate transcription of ZHUANG.
ZHUANG 庄, 莊 Chinese
Derived from Chinese 莊 (zhuāng) meaning "village, farmstead, hamlet" or "villa, manor".
ZHUGE 諸葛 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]
ZONG Chinese
From Chinese 棕 (zōng) meaning "brown".
ZONG Chinese
From Chinese 宗 (zōng) meaning "lineage, ancestry". Perhaps it originally denoted a person who was a geneaolgist.
Apply this search to the main name collection