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  • Anna Chennault (1923 - 2018)
    Chennault, born Chan Sheng Mai later spelt Chen Xiangmei (陳香梅, actual birth year 1923 but reported as June 23, 1925 – March 30, 2018), also known as Anna Chan Chennault or Anna Chen Chennault, was a wa...
  • Anson Chan
    Maria Elizabeth Chan Fang On-sang, GCMG, CBE, GBM, JP (born 17 January 1940) is the former Chief Secretary in both the British colonial government of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Special Administrative ...
  • Erna Holdheim (1887 - 1945)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs:Holdheim, Ernageborene Chan geboren am 04. Juli 1887 in Berlin / - / Stadt Berlin wohnhaft in Berlin (Zehlendorf) und Berlin (Wilmersdorf)Deportation: ab Berli...
  • Gemma Chan
    Gemma Chan (born 29 November 1982) is a British film, television, and theatre actress and former fashion model. She portrays Charlotte in season four of the Showtime and ITV2 series Secret Diary of a C...

About the Chan surname

Zeng (Chinese: 曾; pinyin: Zēng; Wade–Giles: Tseng) is a Chinese family name. In Cantonese, it may be rendered as Tsang. In Taiwan, it is rendered as Tseng. In Malaysia, it may be rendered as Chan. In Indonesia, it may be rendered as Tjan. In Vietnam, it may be rendered as Tăng. The surname Zeng is the 32nd most common surname in Mainland China. It is the 16th most common surname in Taiwan.

In 2118 BC, Si Shao Kang became the king of the Xia Dynasty. The Si's were the descendants of the King Yu of Xia (Si was the surname of the royal house of the Xia Dynasty). Shao Kang delegated one of his sons to rule the State of Zeng (Zeng was originally the name of a place) during the Shao Kang's reign. However in 567 BC, the kingship of the State of Zeng was usurped by a cousin with a different surname. Some of the royal members with the surname Si including the prince of Zeng fled to the State of Lu. The Prince of Zeng gave his descendants the surname Zeng in remembrance of the Zeng state.

Chan (陳 or 陈)

When the Chinese character is written as 陳 or 陈, Chan would be how Cantonese from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore would normally pronounce this surname.

: Traditional Chinese, : Simplified Chinese

In Mandarin:

Pinyin: Chén, Wade–Giles: Ch'en (Chen), Other: Chern,


Jyutping (Cantonese pronunciation): Can4, Hong Kong Government Cantonese : Chan, Other: Chun,

Min Nan (Hokkien, Taiwanese, Teochew):

Pe̍h-ōe-jī (Church Romanization): Tân, Other: Tan, Chan, Ting



Start of Surname Chen/Tan/Chin/Chan (陳)

Mǎngōng (滿公) (1045 - 985 BC) was enfeoffed by Zhōu Wǔ Wáng (周武王) to the area known as Chén Guó (陳國) in present day Henan province. Zhou Wu Wang did this after Mangong helped him defeat King Zhou of Shang, Shāng Zhòu Wáng (商紂王). Mangong was the progentior of the Chén family (陳). His posthumous title was Chén Húgōng (陳胡公). He was the First Marquis of Chen Guo. Mangong’s wife Tàijī (太姬) was Zhou Wu Wang’s eldest daughter. Mangong reign for 60 years.

The Early History of Chén (陳) and Chén State (陳國)

From our first generation ancestor Shùn Dí 舜帝 (born in 2255 BC) to one year before Chén Hú Gōng 陳胡公 was enfeoffed as the Marquis of Chén Guó 陳國 (1074 BC) is a period of 1181 years. Dividing this span by 34 generations gives an average of 34.7 years per generation.

When Marquis Huán Gōng 桓公 (of the 43rd generation) died in 719 BC during the Spring and Autumn Period internal conflict and contention for the marquisate ensued. The son of Lì Gōng 厲公, Wán 完 (courtesy name Jìng Zhòng (敬仲) fled to Qí Guó 齊國. From this point on there were frequent changes of marquises.

During the reign of Chéng Gōng 成公 (48th generation) the state was weak and became subservient to Chǔ Guó 楚國. In 480 BC Yuè Guó 越國 destroyed Wú Guó 吳國. Chǔ Huì Wáng 楚惠王 seized this opportunity and marched north to attack Chén Guó 陳國. Mǐn Gōng 湣公 died during his reign. There were a total of 20 generations with 25 marquises lasting for 588 years.