I Bet You Don’t Know These Chinese Surnames

I Bet You Don’t Know These Chinese Surnames


How many Chinese surnames do you keep in your mind?

You may say there is a recorded-material called Hundred Family Surnames. So, there is no doubt the answer should be one hundred. Easy peasy…

Yes, you are right. It is just called Hundred Family Surnames. But you don’t know the hundred here is just a grammatically-partial word which means so many.

Chinese surname culture is a profound system which, nobody knows exactly how many surnames there are. And I bet some of the surnames, you don’t know how to read them. Even you are Chinese!


–Huá?  Oh, I have to say you are too young and too simple.

It should be Huà actually. This surname originated from the Spring and Autumn Period when Song Daigong gave one of his region 封邑(Fengyi) which was a manor estate granted by a monarch to his sons, and surnamed people there asHuà.

So, if someone’s surname is 华Huà and given name is 华,you should know how to call him or her, right? —华华 (Huà huá) . A funny name.

解—Jiě?  Well, I’m still proud of you because at least you know one of its pronunciations.

But to surname, it should be X. It was said that in the Spring and Autumn Period, Tang Shuyu was the first monarch in Zhou dynasty. One of his son’s name was Jiliang, whose manor estate was in 解邑(Xieyi). So the people in that place all surnamed as 解(xiè.

仇—Chóu? Please tell me that you are not full of hatred.

Qiú is the correct pronunciation to surname. People now whose surname is 仇(Qiú, their ancestor was 仇牧(Qiu Mu), who was a senior official in feudal China in the Spring and Autumn Period. It was said that Qiu Mu fought Nan Gong Wan at the official gate because Nan Gong Wan killed monarch of the Spring and Autumn Period in a chess. And then Qiu Mu died. So  仇(Qiú became one of surnames in Chinese history.

朴—Pǔ? Yes, if you know the word 朴素pǔ sù which means simple and plain.

However, do you know it? should be pronounced as Piáo when it is used as a surname.

The surname (Piáo) appeared firstly in Sichuan Province. In the Eastern Han Dynasty, Pao hu, who was the king of Bayi region, took all of his people came to Sichuan and lived there. That’s how the surname  existed there.

I know you are confused about so many Chinese characters now. But, why not take them as an interest and learn them in fun? Don’t worry. We are always here to help you!

Besides, you are very welcome to provide us some funny topics  from your life or study.

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