Clan name

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Clan name may refer to one of the following:

  • Chinese clan name (Chinese: ; pinyin: shì), one of two types of ancient Chinese surnames distinct from the ancestral name (姓, xing)
  • Mongolian clan name, a portion of a Mongolian name
  • Roman clan name, a common element of Latin names, usually the second name following the praenomen and before the cognomen
  • Scottish clan, a geographically based system of family groupings (and, historically, of government) in Scotland
  • Xhosa clan name, a respectful way of referring to a Xhosa person, after the name of a prominent ancestor

Although clan names today tend to be restricted to the above named cultures, many other nations have traditionally been sub-divided into clans. For historical details, see the entry at Clan.