Peng (surname)

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Peng surname in regular script
Pronunciation Péng (Pinyin)
Phêⁿ, Phîⁿ (Pe̍h-ōe-jī)
Language(s) Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean
Language(s) Old Chinese
Word/Name China
Derivation Peng Zu
Meaning drum beats
Other names
Variant(s) Peng (Mandarin)
Pang, Phang (Cantonese, Hakka)
Peh (Teochew)
Phi, Phe (Hokkien)
Bành (Vietnamese)

Peng (Chinese: ; pinyin: Péng) is a common Chinese family name, ranking 35th most common in 2006. Alternative romanizations include Pang and Phang (Cantonese, Hakka), and Bành (Vietnamese).

The character (彭) is composed of 壴 (zhǔ meaning "drum") and a pictograph (shān representing "beats"). More commonly used as a surname, this character is also an adjective, meaning "big".[1]

The surname Peng (彭) is traced to the legend of Peng Zu (彭祖), God of Longevity, who legend tells lived 800 years. During the Shang Dynasty, Jian Keng, a descendent of Zhuanxu (顓頊), was granted the feudal territory Dapeng (大彭, or Land of Peng), and later adopted the name, Peng Zu.[2][3][4] Peng is also a Swiss surname.

In South Korea, most Korean people with the surname Paeng (Hangul: 팽) are rumoured amongst the Chinese communities to be distantly related to some of the northeastern Chinese with the surname Péng who migrated into the Korean peninsula decades ago. This is often accompanied with the fact that many Koreans with the surname Paeng are ethnic Chinese descents or in some cases, mixed Chinese-Korean as the surname Paeng is uncommon among Korean people.

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  1. ^ "Learn Chinese Characters". Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Chinese surname history: Peng". People's Daily Online. 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Peng-zi". Encyclopedia Mythica. 1998-12-27. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  4. ^ Chao, Sheau-yueh J. (2001). In Search of Your Asian Roots. Clearfield. ISBN 0-8063-4946-8.