Last name origins & meanings:
- Chinese: from the name of Hui Sun, a high official
of the state of Wei, which existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221
bc), located in present-day Shanxi province in north-central
China. Wen Wang, the virtuous duke whose magnanimous rule led to the
establishment of the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, had an eighth
son named Kang Shu, who was enfeoffed the state of Wei. The ruling
line continued through Wu Gong, whose son Hui Sun became a high
official of Wei; his descendants adopted the given name Sun as their
surname. Sun Tzu was author of The Art of War, written during
the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 bc) and still much
quoted today. Sun Yat-Sen (1866–1925) was the revolutionary leader
instrumental in the overthrow of the Chinese dynastic system early in
the twentieth century.
- Korean: variant of Son.
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