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.
AU-YEUNG 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 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. In the case of Hui Muslim usage, it is also interpreted as a contraction of the Arabic given name Uthman.
CHAI Chinese
From Chinese 柴 (chái) meaning "firewood, brushwood".
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, Taiwanese
Chinese variant transcription of Jiang also used in Taiwan.
CHIEN Taiwanese, Chinese
Taiwanese transcription of Jian.
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.
DAI Chinese
A Chinese surname meaning to wear/wore.
DE Chinese
From the Chinese element de, meaning "ethics, moral, virtue".
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
From Chinese 馮 (féng) representing galloping or speed.
FENG Chinese
From Chinese 凤 (fèng) meaning "fenghuang", referring to a phoenix-like mythical bird in Chinese legend.
FENG Chinese
Derived from Chinese 风 (fēng) meaning "wind".
FUNG Chinese (Cantonese), Taiwanese
Cantonese and Taiwanese romanization of Feng.
GAO Chinese
This surname is written with the character meaning "Tall, High": 高. A notable bearer, is Guiying Gao, a female revolutionary army commander.
HENG Chinese
This is the surname of Emperor Li, known by other names also. Heng was his personal last name.
HSIEH Taiwanese
Taiwanese transcription of Xie.
HSIN Taiwanese
Taiwanese transcription of Xin.
HUI Chinese
(Cantonese form)... [more]
HWANG Korean, Chinese
Chinese variant transcription and Korean form of Huang.
JIAN Chinese, Taiwanese
From Chinese 簡 (jiǎn) meaning “simple, uncomplicated”.
JUNG Korean, Chinese
Korean variant transcription of Chung and Chinese variant transcription of Zheng.
KHOO Chinese (Anglicized)
Qiū is the Hanyu Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese family names 丘, 邱, 仇, 秋 and 裘.... [more]
KUO Taiwanese
Taiwanese romanization of Guo.
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 form of Liang used primarily in Southeast Asia.
LEUNG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variant of Liang.
LIANG Chinese
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).
LIONG Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Cantonese)
Form of Liang influenced by Dutch orthography. It is mainly used by Indonesians of Hakka or Cantonese Chinese descent.
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.
MAO Chinese
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]
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 Wei and Ni.
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]
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]
OW Chinese
Variant of Ou.
PAO Chinese
Variant of Bao.
PENG Chinese, Taiwanese
It is written with the hazi symbol meaning "Drum": 彭.
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).
QIAN Chinese
From a Chinese word 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
RAO Chinese
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".
REN Chinese
From the Chinese 任 (rèn) meaning "officeholder, postholder" or "to appoint, to assign".
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 Chinese
From Chinese 沈 (shěn) which refers to the ancient state of Shen (Shěn) 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".
SHIEH Taiwanese
Taiwanese romanization of Shi and Xie.
SI Chinese
From Chinese 司 (sī) meaning "to take charge of, to control, to manage" or "officer, official".
SIM Chinese, Korean
Korean form of Shen and Chinese variant romanization of Shen.
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.
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.
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]
TSAI Chinese, Taiwanese
Variant transcription of Cai also used in Taiwan.
TSAI Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variant of Chai.
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.
TSE Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Xie.
TSENG Taiwanese, Chinese
Taiwanese transcription of Zeng.
XIANG Chinese
The sources are in the notes.
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.
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]
YAP Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Hokkien)
Hakka and Hokkien form of Ye.
YE Chinese
From Chinese 葉 (yè) meaning "leaf".
YEE Chinese, Korean
Yee is a variant of the Chinese Yu, and the Korean Yi.... [more]
YEH Chinese
Variant romanization of Ye.
YIP Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese form of Ye.
YUAN Chinese
From Chinese 源 (yuán) meaning "source, origin, root".
YUEH Taiwanese
Taiwanese romanization of Yue.
ZHIHUA Chinese (Rare)
Rare Chinese compound surname.
ZHUANG Chinese
Derived from Chinese 莊 (zhuāng) meaning "village, farmstead, hamlet" or "villa, manor".
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]