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Origin and popularity of the name ZENG


Zeng : 1: Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 曾 meaning ‘high’ or ‘add’ in ancient Chinese: from Zeng (鄫) an ancient state (located in present-day Cangshan in Shandong province) granted to Qu Lie son of the emperor Shao Kang (reigned 1940–1880 BC) in the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). The state was annexed by the state of Ju (located mainly in present-day Shandong province) in 567 BC. The crown prince of the state Wu fled to the state of Lu (located mainly in present-day Shandong province). He simplified the name of the state from 鄫 to 曾 and adopted it as his surname.2: German (mainly Thuringia): variant of Zang.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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