Last name origins & meanings:
- Chinese: from the name of the state of Shen, in
present-day Henan province. During the reign of the second Zhou
dynasty king Cheng Wang (1115–1079 bc), Dan Shuji, the
tenth son of Wen Wang, was granted the state of Shen, and his
descendants subsequently adopted the name of the state as their
- Chinese: two accounts of the source of
Shen both deal with states named Shen; one was established early in
the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) while the other was
established later in the Zhou dynasty. Descendants of the ruling
classes adopted the state name Shen as their surname.
(Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Schoen.
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