I would love to know more about my family name. As far as I know, my dad's dad is from Shandong province and my Dad suspects some sort of Korean root to my last name as its not that common in China and more common in Korea. I know that my great grand father on the male side is also from Shandong, so I don't know any history of any emigration from Korea at least from 1900 or so onwards.
Wikipedia isn't very helpful in this regard as the page for An (chinese name) mainly discusses about the Parthian/Iranian roots of the name which doesn't really make sense in my case and in people with the last name An i've seen who are Chinese.
My Chinese reading skills are not the best so I haven't been able to look through Chinese search engines and find out more. I think that occasionally i've seen An on the top 100 Last Names list near the bottom but I can't confirm this.
Any information would be helpful!
Last Edit: Aug 17, 2015 13:12:25 GMT -5 by Medlyfe
Post by philiptancl on Aug 19, 2015 4:12:04 GMT -5
My references have some information regarding your surname An (安). I wrote to CHUNG Yoon-Ngan for a soft copy of what he had written in his book “The Origin of Chinese Surnames”. He instead referred me to his book which I had purchased from him some years ago. Below is a scan of the page on your surname from his book. Also included below is a map of China, taken from another book, showing the distribution of your surname. I hope it is of help.
Thank you very much philip! The map is very useful. I read the description however the dates seem to confuse me. It says Huang Di had a grandson who established a kingdom in northeast Iran. Then it said 2000 years later in the Han dynasty a prince arrived in Luoyang. However that timeline doesn't fit the description?
Post by philiptancl on Aug 24, 2015 3:14:19 GMT -5
Huang Di born in 2,697 BC. Zhuān Xū (顓頊) reign from 2514 BC – 2436 BC. An (安) is the younger brother of Zhuān Xū (顓頊). What CHUNG Yoon-Ngan text said was “more than two thousands years later during the reign of Emperor Liu Hong (168AD to 189AD)”. I could not see the approximate timeline given to be not fitting.