Last name origins & meanings:
- Irish and Scottish: variant of Ruane.
(Ruán): possibly from ruán ‘roan’ (a color of
horses), a variant of Ruano 2.
- Chinese: from the name of the state of Ruan, which existed during
the later Shang dynasty (sometimes called the Yin dynasty, 1401–1122
bc). After this state was conquered by Wen Wang shortly
before the Zhou dynasty displaced the Shang dynasty, the Ruan ruling
class adopted the place name as their surname.
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