Wei (surname)

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Wei (魏, 韋, 蔿, 衛, 尉)
Family name
Pronunciation Hakka: Ngui
Region of origin China

Wei (魏, 韋, 衛, 尉) is a Chinese surname. It was ranked the 122nd most common Chinese surname in 2006. Wei (魏) is the name used for the Kingdom of Wei.

Notable people surnamed Wei (魏)[edit]

During the Zhou Dynasty, Wei (state) (魏) the Ji family got the surname Wei (魏). During the Northern Wei (北魏), Xiaowen family got the surname Wei with the state name.

During the Ming Dynasty, Gao (高) and Li (李) family change surname to Wei. Wei is also a surname used by some Chinese Minorities.

  • Wei Chen (魏晨), Chinese singer and actor
  • Wei Jingsheng (魏京生), Chinese dissident
  • Wei Qiuyue (魏秋月), Chinese volleyball player
  • Wei Tao-Ming (魏道明), ambassador, mayor of Nanjing, governor of Taiwan, foreign minister
  • Wei Yan (魏延), military officer of Shu during the Three Kingdoms Period
  • Wei Zheng (魏徵), statesman of the Tang Dynasty
  • Wei Zhongxian (魏忠賢), eunuch, original name Li Jinzhong
  • Michelle Wie (魏聖美), Korean American golfer

Notable people surnamed Wei (衛)[edit]

During the Zhou Dynasty, Wey (衛) ruler Wei Yang (衛鞅)'s family name was Gongsun (公孫), not Wei family (衛). During the Han Dynasty, Wei Man (衛滿) was baron of Yan (state). During the Northern Wei (北魏), Xiaowen family got the surname Wei with state name.

  • Wei Lan (衛蘭), Chinese name of Janice Vidal the English Chinese singer
  • Wei Qing (衛青), general of the Western Han dynasty
  • Wei Shuo (衛爍), calligrapher
  • Wei Zifu (衛子夫), wife of Emperor Wu of Han and sister of Wei Qing

Notable people surnamed Wei (尉)[edit]

Wei (尉) family name originated from Wei family of Zheng (郑国), Yu family of Xia Dynasty (复), and Royal of Northern Wei (北魏), and many more.

  • Wei Liao (尉缭, Wèi Liáo) - a strategist of Warring States Period, known for his classic military text Wei Liaozi.

Notable people surnamed Wei (韋)[edit]

Wei (韋) family name from Peng (彭) the form a Xiong (熊) of Chu. Also, during the Han Dynasty, Han Xin's son escaped to Wei Country (韋) because of the purge of Empress_Lü_Zhi, and later got the surname Wei (韋) from the region's name.

Notable people surnamed Wei (蔿)[edit]

Wei (蔿) family name from the Yuan (surname) (薳) the form a Xiong (surname) (熊) of Chu (state).

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