Wáng ([u̯ǎŋ]) (Mandarin)|
Wong (surname) (Hong Kong, Macau, Cantonese, Hakka)
Ong, Bong (Hokkien)
Vang, Vaj, Vaaj (Hmong)
Vương, Vong (Vietnamese)
|Language(s)||Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean|
Ong, Ang (Hokkien)
王 is also romanized as Wong in Hong Kong, Macau, Cantonese and Hakka; Waan or Waon in Shanghainese; Ong or Bong in Hokkien; Heng in Teochew; Uōng in Gan; Vang, Vaj, or Vaaj in Hmong; Vương or Vong in Vietnamese; Wang (왕) in Korean; and Ō or Oh in Japanese.
汪 is typically romanized identically, despite its distinct tone. It is also Wong in Cantonese, Ong or Ang in Hokkien, Wang (왕) in Korean, and Ō or Oh in Japanese. However, in Vietnamese, it is written Uông.
Wáng is one of the most common surnames in the world and was listed by the People's Republic of China's National Citizen ID Information System as the most common surname in mainland China in April 2007, with 92.88 million bearers and comprising 7.25% of the general population. It was the 6th most common surname in Taiwan in 2005, comprising 4.12% of the general population.
There were 88,000 Wongs during the year 2000 US Census, making it the 7th-most-common surname among Asians and Pacific Islanders and the 279th most common surname overall. The 63,800 Wangs ranked 10th and 440th, respectively.
Origins of Wáng
The modern bearers of the name Wáng come from many different backgrounds, but the principal origins of the modern surname were four: the Zi, the Ji, the Gui, and the adoption of the name from ethnic groups outside the Han Chinese.
The most ancient family name of Wáng was originated from the surname Zi. The Chinese legend mentions that near the end of Shang Dynasty, King Zhou of Shang's uncle Bi Gan, Ji Zi, and Wei Zi were called "The Three Kindhearted Men of Shang". King Zhou was violent in his rule, and Bi Gan repeatedly remonstrated to the king regarding his behavior. The king shunned his comments and killed Bi Gan instead. Bi's descendants used Wáng as their surname as they are descendants of a prince and were known as "The Bi clan of the Wáng family". The Zi clan has existed for about 3100 years through Qin Dynasty to Tang Dynasty and exists today. The Zi clan of Wáng lived predominantly in Henan during these times and developed into the famous Wáng family of Ji prefecture.
House of Ji
More Wáng were originated from the royal family of Zhou Dynasty. The original surname of the royal family of Zhou Dynasty was Ji. However, many of them have separated out of the family due to the loss of power and land. Because they once belonged to the royal family, they used Wáng as their surname. This family of Wáng traced its ancestry to Wang Ziqiao
According to the classical records, after King Wu of Zhou defeated the Shang Dynasty, he established the Western Zhou Dynasty. During the reign of the 21st king, King Ling of Zhou (571 - 545 BCE), the capital was in Chengzhou, which is the present day Luoyang, Henan. A son of King Ling, Wangzi Qiao or Prince Qiao, was reduced to civilian status due to his remonstration to the king. His son Zong Jin remained as a Situ in the palace, and because of the people at the time recognized him as the descendant of the royal family, they called his family the "Wáng family". When the 8th generation Wang Cuo became a general in the State of Wei, the clan finally regained its status. In the early period of Qin Dynasty, this clan was active in areas of Luoyang in Henan. Between the end of Qin Dynasty and the beginning of Han Dynasty, Wang Yuan and Wang Wei, sons of the Marquis of Wuchen Wang Li, moved to Langye in Shandong and Taiyuan in Shanxi. Since then, they have developed into the famous Wáng families of Langye and Taiyuan, the largest group among this surname. The Ji clan of Wang existed around 2600 years. In China, 90% of the Wáng family originated from the Ji clan.
During the Tang dynasty the Li family of Zhaojun 赵郡李氏, the Cui family of Boling 博陵崔氏, the Cui family of Qinghe 清河崔氏, the Lu family of Fanyang 范陽盧氏, the Zheng family of Xingyang 荥阳郑氏, the Wang family of Taiyuan 太原王氏, and the Li family of Longxi 隴西李氏 were the seven noble families between whom marriage was banned by law. Moriya Mitsuo wrote a history of the Later Han-Tang period of the Taiyuan Wang. Among the strongest families was the Taiyuan Wang. The prohibition on marriage between the clans issued in 659 by the Gaozong Emperor was flouted by the seven families since a woman of the Boling Cui married a member of the Taiyuan Wang, giving birth to the poet Wang Wei. He was the son of Wang Chulian who in turn was the son of Wang Zhou. The marriages between the families were performed clandestinely after the prohibition was implemented on the seven families by Gaozong. The Zhou dynasty King Ling's son Prince Jin is assumed by most to be the ancestor of the Taiyuan Wang. The Longmen Wang were a cadet line of the Zhou dynasty descended Taiyuan Wang, and Wang Yan and his grandson Wang Tong hailed from his cadet line. Both Buddhist monks and scholars hailed from the Wang family of Taiyuan such as the monk Tanqian. The Wang family of Taiyuan included Wang Huan. Their status as "Seven Great surnames" became known during Gaozong's rule. The Taiyuan Wang family produced Wang Jun who served under Emperor Huai of Jin. A Fuzhou-based section of the Taiyuan Wang produced the Buddhist monk Baizhang.
House of Gui
In Qi, the descendants of Tian An (田安) received the surname Wáng.
Origins of Wāng
汪 means "vast" in the Chinese language, and is often used to describe oceans. In the modern vernacular Chinese, it is also the onomatopoeia for the sound of a barking dog. Baxter and Sagart reconstructed it as *qʷˤaŋ and 'wang, respectively.
A town called Tangwangchuan in Gansu had a multi-ethnic populace, the Tang (唐) and Wāng families predominating. The Tang and Wang families were originally of non-Muslim Han extraction, but by the Twentieth Century some branches of the families had become Muslim by intermarriage or conversion.
The surname in other countries/ethnic groups
In Korea, the Wangs are said to have originated from the Silla kingdom. One of the kingdom's noble families originally had the surname Jak (작). However, when Wang Geon – the future founder of the Goryeo kingdom – met a Buddhist monk at an early age with his father, the Buddhist monk foresaw that he would one day become king and therefore his father changed their last name to "Wang". Wang was then the Goryeo dynastic name for the duration of the kingdom, although it has since fallen into disuse. It is said that when Goryeo fell, people changed their surname to avoid severe persecution from the succeeding Joseon Dynasty. The Kaesong Wang lineage traces its ancestry to the Goryeo rulers.
Wang is also a surname in the German and Dutch languages. The name is derived from Middle German wang/ Middle Dutch waenge, which is literally "cheek". However, in southern German, its meaning, "grassy slope" or "field of grass", is similar to the Scandinavian surname.
Notable people surnamed Wang
- Wang Yun, Minister over the Masses under Emperor Xian during the late Eastern Han Dynasty
- Wang Yi, official of Cao Wei
- Wang Yuanji, Wife of Sima Zhao and Empress Dowager of Jin Dynasty
- Wang Anshi, Song Dynasty politician
- Wang Bao, Han Dynasty poet and author
- Wang Bi, Three Kingdoms Taoist philosopher
- Wang Lang, a Wei politician during the end of the Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms
- Wang Mang, founder of the Xin Dynasty
- Wang Chong, Chinese philosopher during Han Dynasty
- Wang Chongyang, a Song Dynasty Taoist and founder of Quanzhen School
- Wang Chuzhi, a regional military governor for Dingzhou during the 5 Dynasties and 10 Kingdoms era
- Wang Dun, Jin Dynasty a rebellious Jin general later warlord
- Wang Dao, Jin Dynasty statesman and advisor
- Wang Gui Chancellor of the Tang Dynasty
- Wang Fangqing, real name Wang Lin, served during the Tang Dynasty and Wu Zetian's Zhou Dynasty as a chancellor
- Wang Fu, a philosopher from Gansu in the Later Han Dynasty
- Wang Fu, a Shu Han general serving under Liu Bei
- Wang Fu, an influential eunuch in Han Dynasty
- Wang Fu, a painter from Ming Dynasty
- Wang Fuzhi, Chinese philosopher and historian
- The Empress Wang, an empress of the Chinese dynasty Tang Dynasty.
- Wang Jian, a general from Qin Dynasty
- Wang Jian, Liu Song and Southern Qi official
- Wang Jian, founding emperor of Former Shu, posthumously known as Gaozu
- Wang Jian, a painter from Ming Dynasty
- Wang Jun, Imperial Protector of Yizhou known as the Prancing Dragon General served in the Jin Dynasty
- Wang Jun, a chancellor during Tang Dynasty
- Wang Rong, known as the 3rd East General, he served during the Jin Dynasty
- Wang Shenzhi, founder of the Min Kingdom in Fujian
- Wang Shichong, a general serving under the Sui Dynasty
- Wang Su, son of Wang Lang, adviser to Sima Shi
- John Clang (born Ang Choon Leng) - Singapore born American artist
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