Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Chinese: from the name of the state of Tan during the Zhou dynasty. After Wu Wang established the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, he enfeoffed the state of Tan to a descendant of the model emperor Yu (2205–2198 bc), with the status of Viscount. Descendants adopted the name of the state Tan as their surname.
  2. Chinese: said to be from the name of a certain King Tan of the state of Song, a 36th-generation descendant of its founder (see Song).
  3. Chinese: variant of Chen.
  4. Chinese: there are two groups of bearers of the character for this surname: one pronounced Tan, and the other Qin (see Qin), although both are represented with the same character.
  5. Korean: there are three Chinese characters for this surname; two of them are used by clans that now have only one surviving family each, according to a recent census. Some records indicate that there are 10 clans that use the third character for their surname, but only two can be documented: the Kangüm clan and the Yönan clan. Neither of these clans is very large.
  6. Filipino: unexplained.
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