Yu (Chinese surname)
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Yu is the Pinyin romanization of several Chinese family names. But in the Wade–Giles romanization system, Yu is equivalent to You in Pinyin. The surname "Yu" in English can represent many different Chinese characters: 余, 于, 由, 魚 (鱼), 漁, 渔, 楀, 俞, 喻, 兪, 於, 遇, 虞, 郁, 尉, 禹, 游, 尤, 庾, 娛, 娱, and 茹. Yu is also a common Korean family name (may also be written as Yoo or Ryu) and can represent these characters: 劉, 兪, 庾, 柳.
The commonest of the Yu surnames are 于, 余, and 俞. In China, 0.62% of the population have the surname 于 in 2002 (around 7.4 million), and this surname is most commonly found in Shandong and the north east of China. Around 0.41% of the population have the surname 余 in 2002 (over 5 million), and it is most commonly found in Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Fujian. The 俞 surname represents around 0.12% of China's population.
- 1 Surname Yu (余)
- 2 Surname Yu (于)
- 3 Surname Yu (俞)
- 4 Surname Yu (虞)
- 5 Others
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Surname Yu (余)
Yu (simplified Chinese: 余; traditional Chinese: 余 or 餘) is one of the Chinese family names. It is listed as the 90th surname in the "Hundred Surnames". It is also sometimes translated to Yee, the Taishanese spelling, in English. The name is transliterated as Dư in Vietnamese but is very rare in Viet Nam. In Indonesia known as Oe (from Hokkien Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Û)
Yu (余) is a typical name in the southern area of China. Its place of origin of this name is thought to be in the area of Fengxiang (鳳翔) to Xianyang (咸陽) in Shaanxi. The Yu moved and settled in the She County (歙縣) in Anhui. During this period, the Yu became a prominent clan in the prefecture of Xin An (新安郡), Luoyang. Because of the war in the north at that time, they moved to the south, to places like Hunan and Hubei. After the Han Dynasty, the surname became quite well-spread in the southern China, less so in northern China. Many of the Yu moved into counties like Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Jiangxi in southern China during the Southern and Northern Dynasties. After the Tang Dynasty the surname became widespread and very well known in the southeast area of China. At this point they moved into other places like Fujian and Guangdong.
Prominent people with family name 余
- Yao Yu, the Chancellor of Qin known as Yao Yu.
- Yu Qiuli, a high-ranking member of China's Communist Party.
- Jiyuan Yu, a moral philosopher.
- Yu Hua, contemporary novelist and writer
- Shawn Yue, Hong Kong actor/singer
- Patrick Yu
- Eu Tong Sen
- Audrey Eu
- Dennis Yu
- James Yee
- Leland Yee
- Yu Nan, actress
Surname Yu (于)
Yu (Chinese: 于) is the 82nd surname mentioned in the Hundred Family Surnames. According to the 2006 census of People's Republic of China, it ranks 38th nationally. The name is transliterated as Vuu in Vietnamese but is very rare in Viet Nam.
Note that even though the literary usage of the character 於 was simplified to 于 in simplified Chinese, the surname usages of 於 was unchanged. So both are recognized as distinct surnames in both simplified and traditional Chinese.
The Yu (于) surname originated from the surname Ji (姬). According to history records, after Zhou Wu Wang (surname Ji) overthrew the Shang Dynasty, he created many dukes. He gave his second son Yu Shu (邘叔) the Yu kingdom (邘国, in present Qinyang in Henan), whose descendants then acquired the surname Yu (于). The Yu lived in Kaifeng and Chenliu areas in Henan for a long period of time, becoming prominent families there. After the Tang (618-907AD) and Song (960-1127 AD) dynasties, Yu families started to move to Huiji (now in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province).
Prominent people with family name 于
- Kaila Yu (于麗萍) Taiwanese American nude model and pop singer
- Ronny Yu (于仁泰) Chinese director, producer, and movie writer
- Yu Jin (于禁) military general under the powerful warlord Cao Cao during the late Eastern Han Dynasty
- Yu Jingyuan (于靖源) Medical Doctor serving in under-represented areas in Nigeria
- Yu Qian (于谦) Chinese Defence Minister of the Ming dynasty
- Yu So Chow (于素秋) Chinese actress
- Yu Zhong (于忠) an official of the Chinese/Xianbei dynasty, Northern Wei also known as Wuniuyu Deng (勿忸于登) and Duke Wujing of Lingshou (靈壽武敬公)
- Yu Changkuan (于长宽)
- Yu Chenghui (于承惠), veteran Chinese martial artist, action choreographer and actor
Surname Yu (俞)
Yu (俞) is said to have been derived as a term used by medical practitioners Yu (腧) since the time of The Yellow Emperor. The two words are closely related and the family name was change from Yu (腧) to Yu (俞).
During Zhou Dynasty period, the Zheng (state) ruler Duke Wen of Zheng (鄭文公)'s son create a family name Yu (俞). The surname was also used by the ruling families of the State of Chu . The surname is also found in various minority people such as the Yi people (彝), Hui people (回), etc.
Prominent people with family name 俞
Surname Yu (虞)
According to Chinese legend, Yu (虞) is an ancient surname in China. The ancestors of the surname were closely linked with the ancient sage-king named Yu Shun. When Yu Shun was getting old, he took his initiative to hand over the state power to Da Yu. Da Yu granted Yu Shun's son Shang Jun (商均) the Yu kingdom (虞国, now in Yucheng, Henan Province). Later, the descendents of Shang Jun took the name of the kingdom as their surname.
During the Zhou Dynasty, Zhou Wu Wang (1,134-1,115BC) granted the descandants of Zhongyong of Wu, the son of King Tai of Zhou, territory to the northeast of Pinglu in Shanxi. The kingdom was named Yu (虞国) and they took the name of Yu (虞) after the kingdom.
Prominent people with family name 虞
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