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Zeng family ancestral temple, in Houxian Village, Mazhan Town, Cangnan County, Zhejiang

Zeng ([tsə́ŋ], Chinese: ; pinyin: Zēng; Wade–Giles: Tseng) is a Chinese family name. In Cantonese, it is Tsang; in Taiwan, Tseng or Tzeng; in Malaysia and Singapore, Chan; in Indonesia, Tjan; in Vietnam, Tăng. The surname Zeng is the 32nd most common surname in Mainland China as of 2019.[1] It is the 16th most common surname in Taiwan. It meant "high" or "add" in ancient Chinese.[2] Zeng is also a German family name with another origin.


The surname originates from (Chinese: ; pinyin: Céng) an ancient state located in present-day Cangshan County (now Lanling County) in Shandong province, which was granted to Qu Lie, son of the emperor Shao Kang in the Xia dynasty. The state was annexed by Ju[citation needed] (located mainly in present-day Shandong province) in 567 BC. The crown prince of the state, Wu, fled to Lu. He later dropped the radical in the character and adopted 曾 as his surname.

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  1. ^ http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2020/01/20/676822.html
  2. ^ The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

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