Last name origins & meanings:
- Chinese: from the name of the state of Zhu in
present-day Shandong province. Wu Wang, the first king (1122–1116
bc) of the Zhou dynasty, granted to Cao Xie, a descendant of
the emperor Zhuan Xu of the 26th century bc, lordship of the
state of Zhu (see also Cao). Later, this state was conquered by
the state of Chu, after which many descendants of the Zhu aristocracy
took a modified form of the character Zhu for their surname; the
pronunciation is the same. The name has become very common in southern
- Chinese: following the establishment of
the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, Wu Wang granted lordship of the
area of Zhu to a descendant of the legendary emperor Huang Di. His
descendants eventually adopted the place name Zhu as their
surname. Additionally, in ancient China the titles of several
important governmental positions contained the character for Zhu.
Descendants of some of these officials adopted Zhu as their surname.
- Chinese: there are two accounts of the origin of
this name, both from the Spring and Autumn period (722–481
bc). One account derives the name from an area named Zhu in
the state of Lu. Another account derives it from a senior minister of
the state of Yue named Zhu Zhiying.
this was part of the ancient word Tianzhu ‘India’. When
Buddhist monks came to China from India, they often used Zhu as part
of their name, and it gradually came to be used as a surname.
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