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Origin and popularity of the name RUAN


Ruan : 1: Irish and Scottish: variant of Ruane.2: Spanish (Ruán): nickname from ruán ‘roan’ (a color of horses) a variant of Ruano.3: Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 阮 denoting a type of traditional Chinese musical instrument: (i) from Ruan (阮) the name of a small ancient state located in Jingchuang part of Gansu province during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). (ii) from the surname 石 (see Shi 1). Some early bearers of the surname 石 (Shi) changed it to Ruan (阮).


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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