Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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 surname.
  2. 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.
  3. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Schoen.
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