Last name origins & meanings:
- Chinese: variant spelling of Deng.
- Chinese: from the name of the region of Tang, in
present-day Shanxi province. The legendary emperor Huang Di
(2697–2595 bc) granted this region to his son Dan Zhu,
whose descendants eventually adopted it as their surname. They held
power in the region until they were conquered by Cheng Wang, second
king (1115–1079 bc) of the Zhou dynasty. Cheng Wang granted
the region to his brother Shu Yu, whose descendants also adopted the
place name Tang as a surname. This character is also that used for the
Tang dynasty (618–907).
- Chinese: from the
given name of Cheng Tang, Prince of Shang, a model of virtue and
humanity, who overthrew the corrupt last king of the Xia Dynasty and
became first emperor of the Shang Dynasty, in 1766 bc. Some
of his descendants adopted Tang as their surname.
- Chinese: Cantonese variant of Teng.
- Vietnamese: unexplained.
- Korean: only one Chinese character is
used in Korean for the surname Tang, and the Miryang is the only Tang
clan. Its founding ancestor, Tang Sŏng, migrated from Yüan China
some time during the latter part of the 14th century. This is a
comparatively rare surname in Korea.
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