Chinese: there are two sources for this character
for Wen, which also means ‘warm’. One is a territory named Wen, and
the other an area named Wenyi. Descendants of rulers of these areas
adopted Wen as their surname.
Chinese: from a
character that also means ‘literature’. Its origin, however, is from
the given name of an ancient personage called Wen.
Chinese: from a character that also means ‘hear’. During the
Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), in the state of Lu
there existed a man who has a supplementary name, Wenren. His
descendants adopted the first character of his name, Wen, as their
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