Xu (surname)

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徐姓 - 楷体.svg
Pronunciation (Mandarin)
Chhî (Hokkien)
Tshêu (Teochew)
Language(s) Mandarin Chinese
Language(s) Chinese
Meaning slowly
Other names
Variant(s) Xu, Hsu, Shyu (Mandarin)
Chui, Tsui, Choi (Cantonese)
Su, Chi (Hokkien)
Cher, Cheu (Teochew)
Derivative(s) Seo
許姓 - 楷体.svg
Pronunciation (Mandarin)
Khó (Hokkien)
Heoi2 (Cantonese)
Kóu (Teochew)
Language(s) Mandarin Chinese
Language(s) Chinese
Meaning to allow
Other names
Variant(s) Xu, Hsu (Mandarin)
Hui, Hoi, Hua (Cantonese)
Khor, Khaw, Ko (Hokkien)
Koh, Khoh, Kho (Teochew)
Hii, Hee (Fuzhou)
Derivative(s) Heo
Xu (surname)
Xu (surname)
Chinese 許/许

Xu is a surname of Chinese origin. It can also be a pinyin transliteration of one of several Chinese surnames.

  1. Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade–Giles: hsü2, also spelled Hsu in the Wade–Giles system of transliteration
  2. simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade–Giles: Hsü3

In Jyutping, 許/许 is written as Heoi2, in Pe̍h-ōe-jī as Khó, in Teochew as Kóu, in Gan as Hi/Hé, in Yale as Heui2, the name is written as Koh/Kho/Khoh/Khor/Khaw/Ko. In Mandarin, it is written as Xu or Hsu. In Cantonese, it is written as Hui/Hoi/Hooi/Hua. In Fuzhou it is written as Hii. Other written forms are: Hee/Hu.

In Japanese, the surname 徐 is transliterated as Omomuro, and in Sino-Japanese as Jo. The Korean pronunciation, using the Yale romanization system, is Se. 許/许 in Japanese is transliterated as Yurusu/Bakari/Moto, and in Sino-Japanese as Kyo/Ko. The Korean pronunciation, using the Yale romanization system, is He/Ho.

Chinese immigrants with the surname Xú (Chinese: ) who emigrated to Korea translated the surname to 서 (in Hangul), which is also written as Seo. The Korean name 서, translated to Japanese, is ソ(Romaji: So). Chinese immigrants with the surname Xǔ (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ) who emigrated to Korea translated the surname to 허, which is also written as Heo. The Korean name 허 translated to Japanese word is ホ(Romaji: Ho).

Each time the Chinese surname was introduced to another language, the writing and pronunciation also changed. In Vietnamese, 徐translates as từ and 许 translates as hứa or hử.

Origin of the surname 徐 Xú[edit]

Son of Boyi, has also been great with George Yu, official Yu success for assistants water-control. The Boyi son Xú Ruomu is sealed ancient Xú Guo, Xú Guo has been established. He had been transferred to the 32 king, by his love for common people, benevolence, the result not only Xú Guo, even a few around 30 countries are very popular support him. Because with his wholeheartedly endorsed and also loved every peoples. The Emperor King was informed that he had been so popular and greatly impressed, so they let son of Xú Yan Wang continue manage Xú Guo. Cause seal to the Xú Guo, their posterities will be the same surname with state and known as Xú.

Origin of the surname 許/许 Xǔ[edit]

The surname 許/许 Xǔ has multiple theories regarding its origin.

The most credible one states that the surname Xǔ originated from the feudal state of Xǔ in the area of Xǔchāng in present day Henan, during the Zhou Dynasty.

A different theory states that the surname originated with the fabled Xǔ You, a sage in the time of the fabled Emperor Yao, not to be confused with the later another Xǔ You who was a military strategist of the warlord Yuan Shao during the late Han Dynasty period. Xǔ You's descendants carried on the surname of their famed ancestor, thereby establishing Xǔ as a surname. Later on in the history of ancient China, it became popular among scholars of the time to postulate that Xǔ You must have been the ancestor of that feudal lord whose surname was Xǔ.

The posterities with state as surname called Xǔ, were authentic known as Xǔ. In tale of Emperor Yao, Xǔ You posterities surname also called Xǔ. Xǔ by handing down was the person of integrity talented person of Yao and Shun time, lives in Jishan. After many years later, the posterity called this mountain as Xǔ Youshan. More than years ago activity near Yu Yingshui the basin under Jishan.

People with surname 徐 Xú[edit]


  • Philip Jaisohn, first Korean to become a U.S. citizen
  • Seo Taiji, South Korean singer, musician, and songwriter
  • Seo In-young, South Korean singer, dancer, model, television host, and actress
  • Seo Taiji, singer, musician, and songwriter
  • Seo Yong-Duk, South Korean football midfielder, who plays for Kataller Toyama
  • Seo Minwoo, South Korean idol singer
  • Seo Ji-hye, South Korean actress

People with surname 許/许 Xǔ[edit]


  • Heo Jeong, Korean politician and independence activist
  • Heo Nanseolheon, prominent Korean female poet of the mid Joseon dynasty
  • Heo Mok, Korean politician, poet and scholar of the Joseon Dynasty
  • Heo Jang-kang, actor
  • Heo Jin-Ho, South Korean film director and screenwriter
  • Heo Jun, court physician and noted as author of the defining text of traditional Korean medicine
  • Heo Beom-San, South Korean footballer in K-League

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