Ou is the pinyin romanization of three Chinese surnames.
Ōu ( trad. , 毆 simp. , 殴 lit. "(to) beat") was the 361st of the Song-era but is quite uncommon today. Hundred Family Surnames
Ōu ( t ) is the original form of 區 Qū ( s , 区 lit. "area", "district") and was unlisted among the Hundred Family Surnames.
Ōu ( t , 歐 s ) is the first character in the 欧 compound surname Ouyang and has become common in southern China as a separate name on its own.
Romanizations [ edit ]
All three names may be romanized as
Au or Ao in Cantonese.
Distribution [ edit ]
None of these surnames are common throughout China, although the latter two are fairly common in
Hong Kong. [ ] citation needed
Ou was the 27,293th most common surname in the
United States during the 1990 census and the 11,845th most common surname during the 2000 census. Au ranked 11,417th and 5,195th, and Ao ranked 88,459th and 58,402nd. [1 ]
Origins [ edit ]
The Ou (區) and
Ouyang are considered to both descend from the ruling family of the state of Yue during the Spring and Autumn Period. [ ] citation needed
Longgang, Zhongshan, Shunde, Panyu, and Xinhui areas of Guangdong. [ ] citation needed
have their ancestral roots in the
List of persons with the surname [ edit ]
Albert Au Shui Keung, Hong Kong DJ and folk singer
Angela Au Man Sze, Hong Kong DJ and member of Cookies
Au Kam San, Macanese legislator
Susie Au Suet Yee, Hong Kong music-video director
Au Tak or Au Chak-mun (1840–1920), Hong Kong developer, namesake of Kai Tak Airport and Munsang College
Tony Au Ting-Ping, Hong Kong film and art director
Au Wing-Kyun, Hong Kong i-CABLE anchorman
Au Fung-Chi, early Protestant leader in Hong Kong, gave name to Sun Yat-sen
Au Chung, World Leader
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