Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads in Trøndelag, named with the definite plural form of Li 4.
  2. Chinese: the main source of this surname is Lian Cheng, a senior minister for the state of Qi, located in present-day Shandong province.
  3. Chinese: the name Lian is found in traditional accounts as long as 4500 years ago, part of the name of a descendant of the legendary emperors Huang Di and Zhuan Xu. Later descendants adopted Lian as their surname.
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