Wen (surname)

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Wen (文/闻/温/问)
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Pronunciation Wén/Wēn/Wèn (Pinyin) , Man6 (Jyutping)
Language(s) Chinese
Origin
Language(s) Chinese
Meaning "literature", "language" (written), "culture" (as a noun)
Other names
Variant(s) Wen (Mandarin)
Man, Mann (Cantonese)
Boon (Hokkien)
Vun (Hakka)
Mun (Gan)
Moon (Korean)
Văn (Vietnamese)
Bun (Japanese)

Wen (/wən/) is the pinyin romanisation shared by several different Chinese surnames, including 文 (Wén), 温 (Wēn), 闻 (Wén), and 问 (Wèn).

文 (Wén) is usually romanised as Man in Cantonese (most widely used by those from Hong Kong), and sometimes as Mann. In Min (including the Hokkien, Teochew, and Taiwanese dialects), the name is pronounced Boon. In the Hakka, the name can be romanized as Vun or Voon. The Gan dialect transcription for the name is Mun. Other romanizations include Văn in Vietnamese, Moon or Mun (Hangul: 문) in Korean and Bun (Kanji: ぶん) in Japanese.

温 (Wēn) is a Chinese surname which means mild and warm in Chinese. This word is often used to describe the glories of jade (especially white jade) in Chinese traditional culture, and Chinese people like to compare well-educated ladies and gentleman to white jade, which is very rare in China.

Notable people named Wen[edit]

Historical figures[edit]

Other people[edit]

  • Wen Yiduo (1899–1946), poet and scholar
  • Wen Jiabao (born 1942), Premier of the People's Republic of China from 2003 to 2013
  • Wen Bixia (born 1967), Hong Kong actress
  • Wen Junhui (stage name: Jun), Chinese member of the South Korean boyband Seventeen

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