Bong (surname)

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Bong is a surname in various cultures.

Language(s)Chinese (Hakka, Hokkien), Korean, Swedish, others
Region of originBelgium, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sweden, others
Other names
Variant form(s)
  • Chinese: Huang, Wang, Meng
  • Korean: Pong


Bong may be a spelling of a number of Chinese surnames based on their pronunciation in different varieties of Chinese.[1] They are listed below by their Mandarin Pinyin spelling:

  • Huáng (, meaning "yellow"); spelled Bong based on the Hakka pronunciation in dialects spoken in parts of Indonesia and Malaysia[2]
  • Wáng (, meaning "king"); spelled Bong based on the Hakka pronunciation in dialects spoken in parts of Indonesia and Malaysia[2]
  • Méng [zh] () in Mandarin; spelled Bong based on the Hokkien pronunciation (Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Bông)

People with one of these Chinese surnames, spelled as Bong in English, include:

  • Bong Kee Chok (黄紀作; born 1937), leader of the North Kalimantan Communist Party


Bong is the Revised Romanization of Korean spelling of a Korean surname originally written using either of two hanja:[3]

  • Batdeul Bong (; 받들 봉; meaning "to offer" or "to serve")
  • Bongsae Bong (; 봉새 봉; the name of a mythical bird)

These surnames are also spelled Pong in North Korea's modified McCune–Reischauer romanization system, and are both used as Chinese surnames as well, pronounced Fèng in Mandarin. The 2000 South Korean census found 11,819 people in 3,629 households with these surnames, divided among 11,492 people in 3,528 households for Batdeul Bong, and 327 people in 101 households for Bongsae Bong.[3] People with these surnames include:

  • Sun-bin Bong (純嬪奉氏; fl. 1429–1436), concubine of Crown Prince Yi Hyang of Joseon[4]
  • Jung Bong (奉重根; Bong Jung-geun; born 1980), South Korean baseball player
  • Bong Joon-ho (奉俊昊; born 1969), South Korean film director and screenwriter
  • Bong Man-dae (奉萬大; born 1970), South Korean film director
  • Bong Tae-gyu (奉太奎; born 1981), South Korean actor
  • Bong Jae-hyun (奉宰鉉; born 1999), South Korean singer, member of Golden Child


Bong may also be a Belgian surname of unclear origin, as well as a Swedish surname originating from the word bang meaning "noise".[1] People with the surname Bong other than those listed in the sections above include:

  • Ngundeng Bong (c. 1830–1890), prophet of the Nuer people of South Sudan
  • Harry Bong (1905–1987), Swedish Navy officer
  • Richard Bong (1920–1945), United States Army Air Forces major and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
  • Melanie Bong (born 1968), German jazz singer
  • Ernest Bong (born 1984), ni-Vanuatu football goalkeeper
  • Frédéric Bong (born 1987), Cameroonian football defender in France
  • Selphie Bong (born 1987), Indonesian fashion designer
  • Gaëtan Bong (born 1988), Cameroonian football defender in England
  • Valentino Bong (born 1989), Malaysian squash player
  • Ferry Bong (born 1975), Indonesian Feng Shui, Akupunkturist


  1. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Coates, Richard; McClure, Peter, eds. (2016). The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland. Oxford University Press. p. 278. ISBN 9780192527479.
  2. ^ a b For both of these surnames, the mainstream Hakka pronunciation would be spelled with a "v", e.g. Pha̍k-fa-sṳ Vòng. However, in some dialects of Hakka spoken on Borneo, including in Singkawang, Kuching, and Serian, the initial has shifted to /b/. This is possibly due to crosslinguistic influence from the Malay language, which lacks voiced labial fricatives. Hakka as spoken in peninsular Malaysia does not exhibit this shift. See 吳中杰 [Wu Chung-chieh]; 陳素秋 [Tan Su-chiew] (May 2015). "砂拉越古晉石角區甲港客語音韻及詞彙調查與比較研究" [Phonological and Lexical Investigation and Comparative Studies on Hakka in Sungai Tapang, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia] (PDF). Global Hakka Studies. 6: 142. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "행정구역(구시군)/성씨·본관별 가구 및 인구" [Family names by administrative region (district, city, county): separated by bon-gwan, households and individuals]. Korean Statistical Information Service. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  4. ^ Sun-bin is not a given name but a title for concubines; her given name was not recorded, only her surname Bong.