Tan Family History
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Tan Name Meaning
Chinese : from the name of the state of Tan during the Zhou dynasty. After Wu Wang established the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, he enfeoffed the state of Tan to a descendant of the model emperor Yu (2205–2198 bc), with the status of Viscount. Descendants adopted the name of the state Tan as their surname. Chinese : said to be from the name of a certain King Tan of the state of Song, a 36th-generation descendant of its founder (see Song). Chinese : variant of Chen. Chinese : there are two groups of bearers of the character for this surname: one pronounced Tan, and the other Qin (see Qin), although both are represented with the same character. Korean: there are three Chinese characters for this surname; two of them are used by clans that now have only one surviving family each, according to a recent census. Some records indicate that there are 10 clans that use the third character for their surname, but only two can be documented: the Kangüm clan and the Yönan clan. Neither of these clans is very large. Filipino: unexplained.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Han, Tang, Yan, Pan, Gan, An, Man, Fan, Tao, Ban