Meaning of 姓

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Pinyin: xìng
English Definition: family name; surname; Classifiers: ; to be surnamed
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (woman) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ ] woman, girl; female
    • [ shēng ] life, lifetime; birth; growth
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Example Words
百姓 bǎi xìng common people
老百姓 lǎo bǎi xìng ordinary people; the "person in the street"; Classifiers:
姓名 xìng míng surname and given name; full name
姓氏 xìng shì family name
贵姓 guì xìng what is your surname?; (May I ask) your surname?
More: 姓* | *姓 | *姓*
Example Sentences
"Thanks, but... how... how do you know my name? And my middle name?" I ask.
I didn't get your last name.
Some I know only by first name.
I have not forgotten his name - and not just because his last name was the same as mine. His story reminds me of why I do this work and how little I can really do.
I know how you look without clothes, but until this afternoon I didn' t know your last name.