Cen (surname)

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Cen (岑)
Family Name

PronunciationCén (Mandarin)
Sam (Cantonese)
Language of originChinese
Related namesTs'en, Tsen, Shum, Sum, Sam
Popularity(岑) Behind the Name 
Wikipedia articlesAll pages beginning with Cen (岑)

Cen is a Chinese surname. It is a romanization of . Cen is listed 67th in the Song dynasty classic text Hundred Family Surnames.[1] As of 2008, it is the 235th most common surname in China. There are 340,000 people with this surname.

Origins[change | change source]

The surname Cen was first used during the Zhou Dynasty. Ji Qu, Ji Chang's nephew, was the first to use it. He used it because he controlled the area Cen Ting in Shanxi province. In honor of him, his children changed their name to Cen and posthumously named him Cen Zi. In 1368 Cen Tianbao surrendered to the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang.[2] He was then made prefect of Tianzhou.[3] His descendants were prefects of Zhen'an and sub-prefects of Guishun. Among the chieftains of the Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, some of the most important were of the Cen surname.[2] In the 15th and 16th centuries many were strong allies of the Ming Dynasty.[2] During the Republic of China control of Mainland China, Cen Chunxuan became president of the military government of Guangzhou.

References[change | change source]

  1. "百家姓" [Hundred Family Surnames] (in Chinese). Guoxue. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chieftains into Ancestors: Imperial Expansion and Indigenous Society in, eds. David Faure; Ho Ts'ui-p'ing (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013), p. 172
  3. Empire at the Margins: Culture, Ethnicity, and Frontier in Early Modern China, eds. Pamela Kyle Crossley; Helen F. Siu; Donald S. Sutton (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006), p. 177

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