Ban is the Mandarin pinyin romanization of the Chinese surname written 班 in Chinese character. It is romanized Pan in Wade–Giles. Ban is listed 235th in the Song dynasty classic text Hundred Family Surnames. It is not among the 300 most common surnames in China.
|Meaning||Stripes (of a tiger)|
The surname Ban originated from Mi 芈, the royal surname of the State of Chu of ancient China. Dou Gouwutu (鬬穀於菟; fl. 7th century BC), a grandson of the Chu ruler Ruo'ao, was said to have been abandoned as an infant and nursed by a tigress. His given name Gouwutu, meant nursed (穀 gòu, milk) by a tiger (於菟 wūtú, tiger) in the Chu language. Dou Gouwutu grew up to become a general and the Prime Minister of Chu. His descendants adopted Ban (meaning "stripes", an allusion to tiger's stripes) as their surname.
- Consort Ban (c. 48 BC – 6 AD), scholar, poet, and consort of Emperor Cheng of Han
- Ban Biao (3–54), Han dynasty historian, nephew of Consort Ban
- Ban Gu (32–92), historian and son of Ban Biao, main author of the Book of Han
- Ban Chao (32–102), general, explorer, and diplomat, son of Ban Biao
- Ban Zhao (45 – c. 116), the first female Chinese historian, daughter of Ban Biao
- Ban Yong (died c. 128), Eastern Han general and governor of the Western Regions, son of Ban Chao
- Ban Yong (班勇; born 1989), professional football player
- Ban Jiajia (班嘉佳), Bouyei actress and model
- "百家姓" [Hundred Family Surnames] (in Chinese). Guoxue. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
- 中国最新300大姓排名（2008） [300 most common surnames in China (2008)] (in Chinese). Taiwan.cn. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
- "Archived copy" 班姓起源,名人及家谱 [Origin and famous people of the Ban surname] (in Chinese). Shangdu. 2008-07-17. Archived from the original on 2013-07-14. Retrieved 2014-10-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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