Wei (surname)

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Wei (魏, 韋, 蔿, 衛, 尉)
PronunciationHakka: Ngui
Origin
Region of originChina
Word/NameChina

Wei (魏, 韋, 衛, 尉, 隗) is the English spelling of several Chinese surnames.

Notable people surnamed Wei (魏)[edit]

Wei character in ancient script on top, standard script at bottom

During the Zhou Dynasty, Wei (state) (魏) the Ji family acquired the surname Wei (魏). During the Northern Wei (北魏), Xiaowen family got the surname Wei with the state name.

During the Ming Dynasty, Gao (高) and Li (李) family changed their surname to Wei. Wei is also a surname used by some Chinese Minorities.

Notable people surnamed Wei (衛/卫)[edit]

During the Zhou Dynasty, Wey (衛) ruler Wei Yang (衛鞅)'s family name was Gongsun (公孫), not Wei family (衛). During the Han Dynasty, Wei Man (衛滿) was baron of Yan (state). During the Northern Wei (北魏), Xiaowen family got the surname Wei with state name.

  • Wei Lan (衛蘭), Chinese name of Janice Vidal the English Chinese singer
  • Wei Qing (衛青), general of the Western Han dynasty
  • Wei Shuo (衛爍), calligrapher
  • Wei Zifu (衛子夫), wife of Emperor Wu of Han and sister of Wei Qing

Notable people surnamed Wei (尉)[edit]

Wei (尉) family name originated from Wei family of Zheng (郑国), Yu family of Xia Dynasty (复), and Royal of Northern Wei (北魏), and many more.

  • Wei Liao (尉缭, Wèi Liáo) - a strategist of Warring States Period, known for his classic military text Wei Liaozi.

Notable people surnamed Wei (韋/韦)[edit]

Wei (韋) family name from Peng (彭) the form a Xiong (熊) of Chu. Also, during the Han Dynasty, Han Xin's son escaped to Wei Country (韋) because of the purge of Empress Lü Zhi, and later got the surname Wei (韋) from the region's name.

Notable people surnamed Wei (蔿)[edit]

Wei (蔿) family name from the Yuan (surname) (薳) the form a Xiong (surname) (熊) of Chu (state).

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