Lan (surname 蓝)

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Lan (蓝/藍)
PronunciationLán (Mandarin)
Lam or Nam (Cantonese)
Language(s)Old Chinese
Other names
Variant form(s)Lam, Nam, Na, Nah

Lan is the Mandarin pinyin and Wade–Giles romanization of the Chinese surname written in simplified Chinese and in traditional Chinese. It is romanized Lam or Nam in Cantonese.

Lan is listed 131st in the Song dynasty classic text Hundred Family Surnames.[1] As of 2008, it was the 121st most common surname in China, shared by 1.4 million people.[2]

Notable people surnamed Lan in English contexts[edit]

This is a Chinese name, meaning the surname is stated before the given name, though Chinese persons living in Western countries will often put their surname after their given name.


(Mandarin and Wu Chinese form):


(Cantonese form)

Other variants[edit]

  • Carmen Nam, or Lán Jiāwèn (藍家汶; born 1993), Hong Kong swimmer
  • Jimmy Nah, or Nah Khim See (蓝钦喜; 1968–2008), Singaporean comedian
  • Pong Nan, or Nan Yik-Pong (藍奕邦; born 1978), Hong Kong singer
  • Ran In-ting (藍蔭鼎; 1903–1979), Taiwanese painter and media executive


  1. ^ "百家姓" [Hundred Family Surnames] (in Chinese). Guoxue. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  2. ^ 中国最新300大姓排名(2008) [300 most common surnames in China (2008)] (in Chinese). 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2014-10-28.