Zheng (surname)

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Zheng (Cheng/Chang/Cheang)
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PronunciationCheng (Wade-Giles)
Zhèng (Mandarin)
Tcheng or Cheng/Chang (Hong Kong)
Cheang (Macao)
Tay, Tee, Teh or The (Hokkien, Teochew)
Dang or Dhang (Hokchew)
Language(s) Chinese
MeaningName of an ancient state in Henan province
Region of originChina
Other names
Variant form(s) Chung, Jung, Jeong (Korean)
Saetae (Thai)
Trịnh (Vietnamese)

Zheng or zhèng (Hanyu Pinyin) or Cheng (Wade-Giles) ( [ʈʂə́n] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is a Chinese surname and also the name of an ancient state in today's Henan province. It is written as in traditional Chinese and in simplified Chinese. It is the 7th name on the Hundred Family Surnames poem.


In 2006, Zheng (Cheng/Chang) ranked 21st in China's list of top 100 most common surnames. Zheng (Cheng/Chang) belongs to the second major group of ten surnames which makes up more than 10% of the Chinese population. [1] [2] [3] Zheng (Cheng/Chang) was a major surname of the rich and powerful during China's Tang dynasty. [4]

In Hong Kong and Taiwan, the name is normally romanized as Cheng or Tcheng (occasionally romanized as Chang in Hong Kong although that variant is more commonly used for another Chinese name, Zhang). In Malaysia, Cheng is commonly romanized as Cheng, Cheang, Chang, Tay, Tee and Teh. It is spelled as Tay in Singapore and The in Indonesia and Ty in Philippines, [5] from the Hakka, Hokkien and Teochew pronunciation of the character. It also pronounces Dâng in Hokchew.

The surname also has taken form outside of Chinese societies: in Vietnamese as Trịnh. In Korean, the name is written 정 and transliterated as Chung, Jung, or Jeong. It is the fifth most common Korean surname (after Kim, Lee, Park, and Choi), with about 4.85% of the South Korean population (2,230,611 people) having this name.[ citation needed ]


The Zheng surname originated in Henan. In 806 BC, King Xuan, the penultimate king of the Western Zhou Dynasty, enfeoffed his younger brother Prince You, who became posthumously known as Duke Huan of Zheng, at Zheng (present-day Hua County, Shaanxi). Duke Huan was killed along with King You of Zhou when the Quanrong tribes sacked the Zhou capital Haojing in 771 BC. Duke Huan was succeeded by his son Duke Wu, who helped King Ping of Zhou establish the Eastern Zhou Dynasty in Luoyang, and his feudal state of Zheng was also moved east to present-day Henan. His descendants and many people of the state later adopted Zheng as their surname. [6] [7] [8]

The city of Xingyang is considered as the origin place of the people whose surname is Zheng. Today, Xingyang is under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Zhengzhou (鄭州) which translates to "Settlement of Zheng". Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan province and is located within the boundaries of the ancient state of Zheng (state). There is also another city called Xinzheng ("New Zheng"), also under the administration of Zhengzhou.

The Zheng clan character (鄭) is featured prominently on the flag of the short-lived rebel Kingdom of Tungning founded by Ming-loyalist Koxinga (who had the surname Zheng) in Taiwan. Also called the Kingdom of Formosa.

During the Tang dynasty the Li family of Zhaojun 趙郡李氏, 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 荥陽鄭氏, 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. [9] The marriages between the families were performed clandestinely after the prohibition was implemented on the seven families by Emperor Gaozong. [10] Their status as "Seven Great surnames" became known during Gaozong's rule. [11]


Of the top 30 cities in China, 郑 ranked 4th most common surname in the city of Fuzhou. [12]

Spelling and pronunciation

ChineseMandarin (Hanyu Pinyin)HakkaCantonese (Jyutping)Hokkien (Pe̍h-ōe-jī)Hokchew (Bàng-uâ-cê)
Zhèng Meixian: cang52
Huiyang: cang53
Fengshun: chang31
Wuhua: qang31
Songkou: cang52
Yingde: qang31
Sixian: cang55
Hailu: chang33
Dabu: chang53
Raoping: chang24
Zhao'an: chang55
Hong Kong: cang55
zeng6 Tēⁿ [ permanent dead link ] / Tīⁿ [ permanent dead link ]Dâng

Notable people

There are over 400 Zhengs listed in the Who's Who in Chinese History. [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27]


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