Yang surname in regular script
Iûⁿ, Iông (Pe̍h-ōe-jī)
|Language(s)||Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean|
Yeung, Yeong, Young, Ieong (Cantonese)
Yeo, Yeoh, Yiu; Njoo, Nyoo, Ngeo (Hokkien)
Yeo, Yeoh (Teochew)
|See also||Ji (surname)|
Yang is the transcription of the Chinese family name 楊 / 杨. It is the sixth most common surname in Mainland China. Also, unpopular and lesser known by people, posterior of Huang Di (Yellow Emperor) during genealogy.
The Yang clan was founded by Boqiao, son of Duke Wu of Jin in the Springs and Autumns Period of the Ji (姬) surname, the surname of the royal family during the Zhou dynasty (c. 8th to 5th Centuries BC) who was enfeoffed in the Yang kingdom.
Yang can also be the phonetic translation of a very rare Chinese family name 羊 and of another surname pronounced Yang (揚), written with a "hand" radical rather than the "wood" radical. The two characters were used interchangeably in ancient times, which is the Chinese character for Goat or Sheep.
The YANG 楊 character is a derivative from the word for "Direct Sunlight" in Yang Surname Alchemy. However, a search in any dictionary reveals it to be a type of tree such as poplar, willow or Eropean Aspen . The character is composed of two parts, the left part mean "wood" referring to a type of tree in ancient myth used to measure the height of the sun to examine the time thereby establishing the calendar. The second part on the right hand side of the character is yi a graphic description of "the sun rising over Tanggu" (the place in ancient myth where the calender made). In Tanggu there was a type of large lizard in the water, now known as a dragon, also called a thunder-beast. Processed to 楊 , pronounced yang, and some of it's ancient are Fu Xi (the founding ancestor of mankind in ancient myth, aka Xi He) and Huang Di (The Yellow Emperor of Hua Xia), and Yang have it's heavenly almanac was called at the Book of Changes (Yijing) (the yi character is the same as the right-hand component of the lizard character and the Yang family character)
- Direct posterior of Huang Di (Yellow Emperor) of Hua Xia, have been took Yang as surname, one of it's sub-domain is the prominent Yang Jian of Zhou which take role as a Heavenly Marshal take his colony to seek peace after Zhou Dynasty win and erected his colony peacefully.
- The Yang clan was founded by Boqiao (later become Yang Boqiao, with Yang as usually duchy courtesy name) son of Duke Wu of Jin in the Springs and Autumns Period of the Ji (姬) surname, the surname of the royal family during the Zhou dynasty (c. 8th to 5th Centuries BC) who was enfeoffed a vast land, the Yang kingdom, with it's central in at ancient's Shaanxi.
- Yang T’ang, the first historical ancestor of the Cheju Yang clan was a Shilla figure named, but according to legend, his distant ancestor was one of three men who ascended from a cave on the north side of Cheju Island’s Halla Mountain. Cheju’s T’amnaguk kingdom.
- Yang Shi, senior advisor of Jin, During the Warring States period (403–221 bc) his descendants fled to escape destruction by the conquering the Qin, and simplified their surname to Yang.
Yang is most often the transliteration of the character 楊 (in simplified Chinese: 杨). The same character can also mean a type of poplar. The character is composed of a "wood" radical on the left and the character yi/yang (昜) on the right, which indicates the pronunciation of the whole character.
Yang can also be the phonetic translation of other Chinese surnames. These include 阳, the Chinese character for "sun"; the very rare Chinese family name 羊, the Chinese character for "goat" or "sheep"; or another character pronounced "Yang", regardless of tone, such as 仰 or 養.
Four origins are recorded for the surname Yang (楊):
- Out of the Ji (姬) surname, the surname of the royal family during the Zhou dynasty. A fifth generation descendant of Duke Wu of Jin was enfeoffed at a place called Yang, and his descendants adopted this as their surname, giving rise to the surname Yang.
- Translation of surnames used by other ethnic groups in ancient China. For example, the Di people used the surname Yang. The Yang clan of the Di people lived in Chouchi in Gansu.
- Homogenisation of another surname pronounced Yang (揚), written with a "hand" radical rather than the "wood" radical. The two characters were used interchangeably in ancient times.
- Other adoptions. For example, the Mohulu clan of the Northern Wei dynasty changed their surname to "Yang".
The "Four Wisdoms"
Some branches of the Yang clan (in particular the Hongnong branch) refer to themselves as "Yang of the Hall of Four Wisdoms". The "Hall of Four Wisdoms" refers to a story concerning Yang Zhen, an official of the Eastern Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), known for his erudition as well as moral character. When a man named Wang Mi visited Yang Zhen at night and attempted to bribe him 10 catties of gold, Yang rejected the gift. Wang Mi persevered, saying that nobody would know. Yang Zhen famously retorted "Heaven knows, Earth knows, you know and I know. How can you say that nobody would know?" Descendents of Yang Zhen adopted the "four wisdoms", or "Si Zhi" as the title of their clan hall. Some Yang family clan halls in various parts of China still carry this name.
- Yeung (Cantonese, notably Hong Kong)
- Yeo/Yeoh (Hokkien and Teochew, notably Singapore and Malaysia)
- Yiu/Yio/Yoo/Yu (Hokkien, notably Hong Kong and the Philippines) (rare)
- Yong (Hakka)
- Njo/Nyo/Injo/Inyo (Hokkien, Teochew notably Indonesia)
- Ngeo (Hokkien, Peranakan pronunciation)
- Ieong (Cantonese, notably Macau - Portuguese pronunciation)
- Leong (rare) (Min-Man Cantonese, notably Nan Hai anglicized romanization)
- Jong ( Hakka/Indonesia singkawang )
- Iyo/Yo/Jo (Old Indonesian pronunciation)
- Ian/Iyan (especially Indonesian costumable)
- Yaaj (in the Green Hmong dialect)
- Yaj (in the White Hmong dialect)
- Dương/Duong (anglicized) (Vietnamese)
- よう Yo/やなぎ Yanagi(Kun) (Japanese) (costumable)
- Yang (양) (Korean)
- Young/de Jong (European and English Phonetic romanization)
- David Yang Founder and Chairman of the Board of ABBYY, Ph.D. in Mathematics
- Alfonso T. Yuchengco,(Chinese: 楊應琳) is a prominent industrialist, certified public accountant, educator, and diplomat in the Philippines
- Yang Xingmi, Prince Wuzhong of Wu, King Xiaowu of Wu, and Emperor Wu of Wu.
- Du Wenxiu (original name was Yang before name change), Chinese Muslim rebel leader
- Yang Zhu, philosopher 440 – 360 BC associated with an ethical Egoism
- Yang Zhen, Minister of War in China circa 122 A.D, known as Confucius of Western China
- Yang Hu, general of the Three Kingdoms era
- Yang Jian, first emperor of the Sui Dynasty (581-618)
- Chen-Ning Yang, physicist and a Nobel medalist
- Yang Guifei, famous emperor's consort in Tang dynasty
- Yang Guozhong, politician and Yang Guifei's brother
- Howard Young, member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
- Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!
- Yang Jiang, noted translator and playwright, widow of Qian Zhongshu
- Yang Kaihui, wife of Mao Zedong
- Xiangzhong Yang, world animal cloning leader, University of Connecticut
- Yeung Kai Yin, former official of the Hong Kong Government, and former chairman and CEO of Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation
- Yang Liwei, Chinese astronaut
- Yang Lu-ch'an (楊露禪, 1799–1872), whose family became the most well-known exponents of the Chinese martial art known as T'ai Chi Ch'uan.
- Yang Ch'eng-fu (楊澄甫, 1883–1936), martial arts teacher, grandson of Yang Lu-ch'an
- Miriam Yeung, singer and actress
- Yang Shangkun, Chinese politician
- Yang Jiechi, Chinese Foreign Minister
- Xuefei Yang, classical guitarist
- Yeung Sum, member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
- Sir Ti Liang Yang, former Chief Justice of Hong Kong, the first ethnic-Chinese to the position
- Yong Pung How, former Chief Justice of Singapore
- Yang Xianyi, noted translator
- Yen-Yi Yang, victim of murder by Stanley Williams
- George Yeo, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Singapore
- Richard Yeo Swee Chye,(楊瑞才), scientist, inventor & founder of SuperUSA Nutrition Inc & Multi Sensing Inc
- Michelle Yeoh, famous international actress from Malaysia
- Yeoh Tiong Lay, business man, founder of YTL Corporation Berhad
- Francis Yeoh Chairman of YTL Corporation Berhad
- Ken Yeang renowned architect and author
- Yang Yang (painter), contemporary artist
- Yang Yang (badminton), badminton player
- Yang Yang (A), speed skater
- Yang Yang (S), speed skater
- Shirley Yeung, winner of 2001 Miss Hong Kong, TVB actress.
- Rainie Yang, Taiwanese singer and actress
- Yeo Ning Hong, Former minister of Singapore
- Yang Erche Namu, ethnic Mosuo writer
- Tavia Yeung, TVB actress
- Vivien Yeo, TVB actress.
- Yong Pung How, Singapore Chief Justice (1990–2006)
- Yang Yilin, Chinese gymnast
- Yang Jianli, Chinese dissident with U.S. residency
- Dong Yi Yang (born 1984), South Korean mixed martial arts fighter
- Yong Mun Sen (1896-1962), Malaysian pioneer artist, known as Father of Malaysian Painting.
- Seungho, member of South Korean group MBLAQ
- Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen, Mauritius Chief Justice
- Henry T. Yang, chancellor of University of California, Santa Barbara
- Sao Edward Yang Kyein Tsai (杨振材), last reigning prince of Kokang in Myanmar. His family ruled Kokang from 1739 - 1959.
- Yang Yongliang, (born 1980), artist
- Yang Xiuqing, East King of the Heavenly Kingdom
- Yang Yoseob (양요섭), a South Korean idol pop singer and dancer. He is the main vocalist of the Korean boy group Beast.
- Erlang Shen (二郎神) Yang Jian, the nephew of the Jade Emperor.
- Yang Chuan-kwang, 楊傳廣, an Olympic decathlete from the Republic of China.
- Yang Hyun-suk, 양현석, a South Korean singer, he founded and became chief executive officer of YG Entertainment.
- Gladys Yang, a British translator of Chinese literature.
- Xao "Jerry" Yang (simplified Chinese: 杨係; traditional Chinese: 楊係; pinyin: Yáng Xì; born 1967) is an ethnic Hmong poker player from Temecula, California
- Yang Kuan (杨宽), Chinese historian
- Yang Gang, prominent female journalist
- Nagi Yanagi (やなぎ なぎ-Yanagi Nagi) is a Japanese singer-songwriter from Kansai, Japan and is signed to Geneon.
- Dương Nhật Lễ, emperor of Đại Việt from 1369 to 1370
- Njoo Cheong Seng (Perfected Spelling: Nyoo Cheong Seng;楊章生) a Chinese-Indonesian playwright and film director.
- Njoo Kiem Bie (naturalized name Koesbianto) (Chinese: 楊金美; pinyin: Yáng Jīnměi)a male badminton player from Indonesia
- Charlie Yeung (actress)
- Yang Tsung-hua (楊宗樺) is a Taiwanese professional tennis player.
- Yang Ik-june (born October 19, 1975) is a South Korean actor and film director.
- Fan Yang is a Canadian bubble artist.
- Yang Mu (杨牧/楊牧; pinyin: Yáng Mù) a Taiwanese poet
- Yang Wenhui (simplified Chinese: 杨文会; traditional Chinese: 楊文會; pinyin: Yáng Wénhùi; Wade–Giles: Yang Wenhui; 1837-1911) was a Chinese lay Buddhist reformer
- Yang Wan (楊綰) Tang Dynasty historian
- Philémon Yunji Yang (born June 14, 1947) is a Cameroonian politician
- Yang Manchun is a Goguryeo commander of Ansi fortress was located on the Goguryeo-Tang border
- Yang Xiong (揚雄; 53 BCE–18 CE) was a Han dynasty scholar, poet, and author known for his philosophical writings
- Yang Jing (Chinese: 杨晶; pinyin: Yáng Jīng) (born in December 1953) is one of the Chinese Party and State Leaders
- Tiger Yang, Yang Jiechi (born May 1950) is a high-ranking Chinese politician and lifelong professional diplomat.
- Yang Mi (楊冪), Chinese actress and singer.
- "Yang Zhen - An Irreproachable Functionary". Pureinsight. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
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