Tan (surname)

For the surname 陈/陳, romanized as Tan in Hokkien/Teochew, see Chen (surname).
Tan (譚/谭)
Family name
Pronunciation Tan (Filipino)
Dam (Korean)
Tam (Cantonese Chinese and Hakka Chinese)
Tham (Hokkien Chinese and Teochew Chinese)
Ham, Tom, Thom (Toisanese Chinese)
Đàm (Vietnamese)
Region of origin China
Language(s) of origin Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Tan, the pinyin romanization of , is the 67th most common surname in China.[1] The surname Chen ((陈/陳)) based on the various Min dialects is also Romanized as "Tan".


Two origins have been suggested for the Tan surname:[2]

A study by geneticist Yuan Yida has found that people with either of the two Tan surnames are especially concentrated in Hunan Province which would tend to support these accounts. This does not mean that they are the most common surnames in that province.[1]

Romanisation and pronunciation

Tan is the Chinese character's Hanyu Pinyin romanisation in Mandarin Chinese. It is pronounced and romanised differently in different languages and dialects.[3]

Prominent people





Clan villages

See also


  1. 1 2 China Renews Top 100 Surnames, Li Still the Biggest , People's Daily Online (English), 11 January 2006
  2. In Search of Your Asian Roots: Genealogical Research on Chinese Surnames by Sheau-yueh J Chao, published by Clearfield Co, Baltimore 2000.
  3. A Practical English-Chinese Pronouncing Dictionary: English, Chinese Characters, Romanized Mandarin and Cantonese by Janey Chen, Tuttle Publishing, Hong Kong 1992.
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