Xu (surname)

Chhî (Hokkien)
Tshêu (Teochew)
Từ (Vietnamese)
Language(s) Mandarin Chinese
Language(s) Chinese
Meaning slowly
Other names
Variant(s) Xu, Hsu, Shyu (Mandarin)
Chui, Tsui, Choi, Tsua (Cantonese)
Chie, Chui (Gan)
Sy (Hakka, Ngai)
Su, Chi (Hokkien)
Cher, Cheu (Teochew)
Derivative(s) Seo
Khó (Hokkien)
Heoi2 (Cantonese)
Kóu (Teochew)
Language(s) Chinese
Language(s) Chinese
Meaning to allow
Other names
Variant(s) Xu, Hsu (Mandarin)
Hui, Hoi, Hua (Cantonese)
Khor, Khaw, Ko (Hokkien)
Koh, Khoh, Kho (Teochew)
Hii, Hee (Fuzhou)
Hy (Vietnamese)
Derivative(s) Heo
Chinese 許/许

Xu[nb 1] are two surnames of Chinese origin. It can be a pinyin transliteration of one of two Chinese surnames, both of which are transliterated as Hsü in the Wade–Giles system, and sometimes spelled without the diaeresis as Hsu.

  1. Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade–Giles: Hsü2
  2. simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade–Giles: Hsü3

As of 2007 徐 was listed as the 11th most common surname within the People's Republic of China, and 許/许 was the 26th most common according to the List of common Chinese surnames.

In Cantonese, 許/许 is systemically transcribed in Jyutping as Heoi and in Yale Romanization as Héui; customary spellings include Hui, Hoi, or Hooi; 徐 is often transcribed as Tsui, T'sui, Choi, Chui or even Tsua.

In Southern Min, 許/许 is transcribed in Pe̍h-ōe-jī as Khó, in Teochew as Kóu, and customarily spelled Koh, Khoh, Khor, Khaw, or Ko. In Gan, it can be spelled Hi or . For Hoa people the name is written as Hái or Hy in Vietnamese. Other spellings include Hee and Hu.

In Japanese, the surname 徐 is transliterated as Omomuro, and in Sino-Japanese as Jo. The Korean pronunciation, using the Yale romanization system, is Se. 許/许 in Japanese is transliterated as Yurusu, Bakari, or Moto, and in Sino-Japanese as Kyo or Ko. The Korean pronunciation, using the Yale romanization system, is He or Ho.

Each time a Chinese character is pronounced in Sino-Japanese (on reading), Sino-Korean (Hanja), or Sino-Vietnamese (Hán tự), its transcription changes. In Sino-Vietnamese, the character 徐 is pronounced Từ and 许 is pronounced Hứa (surname), or hử (adverb) or hổ (onomatopoeia).

Chinese immigrants with the surname Xú (Chinese: ) who emigrated to Korea translated the surname to 서 (in Hangul), which is also romanized as Seo. The Korean name 서, translated to Japanese, is ソ (Romaji: So). Chinese immigrants with the surname Xǔ (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ) who emigrated to Korea translated the surname to 허, which is also written as Heo. The Korean name 허 translated to Japanese word is ホ (Romaji: Ho).

Overseas Chinese living in Vietnam (Hoa) with the surname 許/许, had their surnames transliterated as the Hái or Hy for government purposes or when immigrating to the English-speaking World, particularly the United States.

Origin of the surname 徐 Xú

Ruo'mu is one of the two sons of Bo'yi. Bo'yi successfully assisted Yu the Great with resolving the Flood, so the King conferred one of the eight noble tribal names, Yíng, to the family of Boyi; and simultaneously Roumu was appointed as the King of the land of Xú. This was the beginning of the establishment of the state Xú.The state has been reigned over by the royal family for more than a thousand years, and had 44 monarchs. The state of Xú was eliminated by the state of Wú, since then in order to commemorate their ancestral pride, descendants of King Ruo'mu adopted their country's name, Xú, as their surname. Therefore, the surname, Xú, is originated from King Ruo'mu, and it belongs to the noble tribe of Yíng.

Origin of the surname 許/许 Xǔ

The surname 許/许 Xǔ has multiple theories regarding its origin.

The most credible one states that the surname Xǔ originated from the feudal state of Xǔ in the area of Xǔchāng in present-day Henan, during the Zhou Dynasty.

A different theory states that the surname originated with the fabled Xǔ You, a sage in the time of the fabled Emperor Yao, not to be confused with the later another Xǔ You who was a military strategist of the warlord Yuan Shao during the late Han Dynasty period. Xǔ You's descendants carried on the surname of their famed ancestor, thereby establishing Xǔ as a surname. Later on in the history of ancient China, it became popular among scholars of the time to postulate that Xǔ You must have been the ancestor of that feudal lord whose surname was Xǔ.

The posterities with state as surname called Xǔ, were authentic known as Xǔ. In tale of Emperor Yao, Xǔ You posterities surname also called Xǔ. Xǔ by handing down was the person of integrity talented person of Yao and Shun time, lives in Jishan. After many years later, the posterity called this mountain as Xǔ Youshan. More than years ago activity near Yu Yingshui the basin under Jishan.

People with surname 徐 Xú


People with surname 許/许 Xǔ



See also


  1. The approximate pronunciation in English is /ˈʃjuː/.


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