Wong (surname)

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Wong
Family name
Region of origin China, Bianjing, Hainan and Hong Kong
Related names Vong, Huang, Wang. Heng

Wong is the Jyutping and Yale and Hong Kong romanization of the Chinese surnames and Huang (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ) and Wang (Chinese: ), two ubiquitous Chinese surnames; Wang (Chinese: ), another common Chinese surname; and a host of other rare Chinese surnames, including Heng (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ), Hong (Chinese: ), Hong (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ), and Hong (Chinese: )

Note that, while 汪 could be distinguished by its tone, 黃 (Wong/Huang) and 王 (Wong/Wang) are homophones in Cantonese. To differentiate the two in conversation, 黃 (Wong/Huang) is customarily referred to by native Cantonese speakers as 黃河的黃 (Yellow River Wong), 黃金的黃 (yellow gold Wong), "big belly Wong" (as the character resembles a person with a big belly), or by native Mandarin speakers as "grass-head Wong" (due to its first radical), whereas the 王 (Wong/Wang) is referred as the "three-stroke Wong" (due to its prominent 3 horizontal strokes) or the 'King' Wong (due to its meaning).

Distribution[edit]

Within China, Taiwan names are written using Chinese characters and are currently romanized using the Hanyu Pinyin but previously Wade-Giles was used and many people retain names as such. In Hong Kong and Macau and among the Chinese diaspora abroad, though, many choose to romanize their name according to their regional pronunciation.

Thus, while there is no official tally of "Wongs" inside China or Taiwan, Wong is the 6th most common Chinese name in Singapore, the 3rd most common Chinese name in America, and the most common Chinese name in Ontario, Canada.

Although recent immigration from central and northern China has caused the pinyin romanizations "Wang" and "Huang" to become more common, "Wong" is still by far the most common version in all three locations, just as "Lee" remains more common than "Li".

Origins[edit]

The history of the romanization "Wong" begins Bianjing (汴京) during the Song dynasty (a noticeable empress Empress Wang (Taizu). Some historical information showed that the name can be traced back to 206 BC–220 AD Han dynasty.

The romanisation "Wong" is also linked with mainland Chinese "Wang (surname)" which has a historical name from Zi in Shang dynasty .

The name is now widely used in Hong Kong and some of the commonwealth countries. Many migrants moved to plan countries, south-east Asia, Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States.

Wong is also a rare English surname derived Old English "Geong" meaning young. However, Young is the more common surname from this origin.[1]

List of persons with the surname[edit]

黃/黄[edit]

  • Alice Wong (Alice Siu-Ping Wong, born 1948), Canadian politician
  • Andrew Wong (Andrew Wong Wang Fat, born 1943), the last president of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong during British rule
  • Anna May Wong (1905–1961), Chinese-American film actress
  • Barry Wong (Barry Wong Ping-Yiu, 1946–1991), Hong Kong screenwriter, film producer and actor
  • B.D. Wong (Bradley Darryl Wong, born 1960), actor in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Bob Wong (Robert Charles Wong, born 1941), Canadian cabinet minister
  • Bosco Wong (Bosco Wong Chung-Chak, born 1980), Hong Kong actor and singer
  • Brandon Wong, Malaysian actor
  • Dayo Wong (Dayo Wong Tze-Wah, born 1960), Hong Kong actor, comedian, singer and screenwriter
  • Delbert E. Wong (1920–2006), Chinese American judge
  • Edward Wong, New York Times reporter
  • Eleanor Wong (Eleanor Wong Yee-lun), Hong Kong pianist
  • Elizabeth Wong (born 1972), Malaysian politician
  • Elizabeth Wong (Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien), Hong Kong-born writer and politician
  • Emme Wong (Emme Wong Yee-Man, born 1981), Hong Kong actress and singer
  • Felix Wong (Felix Wong Yat-Wah, born 1961), Hong Kong actor
  • Ferlyn Wong (born February 1, 1992), Singaporean singer and former member of South Korean girl group, Skarf
  • Freddie Wong (born 1985), American electronic sports player and film maker
  • Jade Snow Wong (1922–2006), American ceramic artist and writer
  • James Wong (born 1959), American television producer, writer and film director
  • Jan Wong (born 1953), Canadian journalist of Chinese ancestry
  • Joe Wong (comedian), Chinese American comedian
  • Lisa Wong (Static Data Administrator), Equiniti
  • Kirk Wong (Kirk Wong Chi Keung, born 1949), Hong Kong film director and actor

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  • Wayne Wong (born 1981), tennis player from Hong Kong

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Further information: Weng (surname)

Pinyin: wēng, wěng (weng1, weng3); Jyutping: jung1; Min Nan POJ: ang

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