Fang (surname)

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Fang (/fɑːŋ/, Chinese: ) is the 47th most prevalent Chinese surname. In Chinese, Fāng (), means "square" or "four-sided". Fāng () is pronounced Fong in Cantonese, Hong or Png in some Min Nan dialects and Png or Pung in Teochew.

Some more uncommon surnames that are also conventionally simplified to "Fang" in English are Fáng (), meaning "house", and Fāng (), meaning "fragrant".


During Emperor Huang Di's reign, a descendent called Yu Lei was awarded the land of Fang (north west of Nanyu)[which?] for his contributions in defeating a foreign tribe. He was thus known as Fang Lei, and his descendants were given the family name Fang.[1]

Ji Yuan is considered as another forefather of the Fangs. Ji was a general of Zhou Xuan Wang, and was known for his contributions in conquering the north and the south. Since his nickname was Fang Shu, the king awarded him the family name of Fang.[2]

People with the surname[edit]


方 (Fāng)[edit]

Stroke order of the character 方

房 (Fáng)[edit]

  • Fang Guan, Tang Dynasty official
  • Fang Rong, Zhou Dynasty official
  • Fang Xuanling (房玄齡), Tang Dynasty official
  • Fang Zhaoying (房兆楹) (also Fang Chao-ying), Chinese historian, specializing in the Ming and Qing periods
  • Jackie Chan (房仕龍), Hongkongnese actor; family renamed "Chan" following the WWII
  • Serena Fang, Taiwanese actress and model

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fu, Chunjiang (2007). Origins of Chinese Names. Singapore: Asiapac Books Pte Ltd. p. 73. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Origin of the surname Fang, Fong

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