List of Vietnamese dynasties
Prior to the abdication of Bảo Đại on 30 August 1945 in the aftermath of the August Revolution, Vietnam was ruled by a series of dynasties of either local or Chinese origin. The following is a list of major dynasties in the history of Vietnam.
In Vietnamese historiography, dynasties are generally known to historians by the family name of the monarchs. For example, the Đinh dynasty (Nhà Đinh; 茹丁) is known as such because the ruling clan bore the family name Đinh (丁).
Similar to Chinese dynasties, Vietnamese dynasties would adopt a quốc hiệu (國號; "name of the state") upon the establishment of the realm. However, as it was common for several dynasties to share the same official name, referring to regimes by their official name in historiography would be potentially confusing. For instance, the quốc hiệu "Đại Việt" (大越) was used by the Lý dynasty (since the reign of Lý Thánh Tông), the Trần dynasty, the Later Trần dynasty, the Later Lê dynasty, the Mạc dynasty, and the Tây Sơn dynasty.
In the Vietnamese language, the word for "dynasty" may be written as either nhà (茹) or triều (朝) depending on the context. The former is generally used to denote the ruling family whereas the latter refers to the dynastic regime. For instance, the Mạc dynasty can be rendered as "Nhà Mạc" (茹莫) or "Mạc triều" (莫朝).
Origin of dynastiesEdit
Apart from over one millennium of direct Chinese rule, Vietnam was ruled by a series of "local" dynasties, although some of which could have their origins traced to China.
According to two historical Vietnamese texts, the Complete Annals of Đại Việt and the Imperially-commissioned Annotated Text Reflecting the Complete History of Việt, Thục Phán of the Thục dynasty was from Sichuan, China, which was previously under the rule of the ancient Chinese State of Shu.
The Triệu dynasty, established by Zhao Tuo from the Chinese Qin dynasty, was considered an orthodox local regime by traditional Vietnamese historiography. However, modern Vietnamese historians generally regard the Triệu dynasty to be a foreign regime that ruled Vietnam.
The first emperor of the Lý dynasty, Lý Công Uẩn, could have his paternal bloodline traced to modern-day Fujian, China. Lý Công Uẩn's father, Lý Thuần An, escaped to Quanzhou from Hebei after Lý Công Uẩn's grandfather, Li Song, was wrongly accused of treason and executed by the Emperor Yin of Later Han.
The origin of the Trần dynasty was traced to modern Fujian, where the ancestor of the Trần imperial clan, Trần Kính, migrated from in the 11th century CE. The Later Trần dynasty was ruled by the same imperial clan as the earlier Trần dynasty.
The Hồ dynasty was ruled by the Hồ family which migrated from present-day Zhejiang, China to Vietnam under the leadership of Hồ Hưng Dật during the 10th century CE. The Hồ dynasty claimed descent from the Duke Hu of Chen, the founder of the ancient Chinese State of Chen. The Duke Hu of Chen was in turn descended from the legendary Emperor Shun, who was recognized by Hồ Quý Ly as the progenitor of the Hồ imperial family. Accordingly, the Hồ dynasty adopted the official quốc hiệu "Đại Ngu" (大虞; "Great Ngu"); "Ngu" (虞) was derived from the Emperor Shun's lineage name, Youyu (有虞). Rulers of the Tây Sơn dynasty, initially surnamed Hồ, were descended from the same line as the Hồ dynasty.
Familial relations among dynastiesEdit
Several Vietnamese dynasties were related:
- Dương Vân Nga was originally an empress consort of Đinh Tiên Hoàng, the founder of the Đinh dynasty; she later became an empress consort of Lê Hoàn, the founder of the Early Lê dynasty
- Lê Thị Phất Ngân, the empress consort of Lý Thái Tổ, the founder of the Lý dynasty, was the daughter of Lê Hoàn and thus originally a princess of the Early Lê dynasty
- The final monarch of the Lý dynasty, Lý Chiêu Hoàng, was the spouse of Trần Thái Tông, the founder of the Trần dynasty
- Hồ Quý Ly, the founder of the Hồ dynasty, was the maternal grandfather of Trần An, the last emperor of the Trần dynasty
- Giản Định Đế, the founder of the Later Trần dynasty, was a son of the ninth Trần monarch, Trần Nghệ Tông; he was also an older brother of the 12th emperor of the Trần dynasty, Trần Thuận Tông
- The Primitive Lê dynasty and the Revival Lê dynasty are collectively called the Later Lê dynasty; the founder of the Revival Lê dynasty, Lê Trang Tông, was a son of Lê Chiêu Tông, the 11th Primitive Lê emperor
- The ruling house of the Tây Sơn dynasty was descended from the same paternal ancestor as the Hồ dynasty
- Gia Long Đế, the founder of the Nguyễn dynasty, was a paternal grandson of Nguyễn Thế Tông, the eighth Nguyễn lord
Champa (Chăm Pa; 占婆) existed as an independent polity until its annexation by the Nguyễn dynasty in 1832 CE, thereby laying the foundation for the territories of the modern Vietnamese state. Most of the rulers of Champa were of Cham descent, an Austronesian ethnic group distinct from the majority Kinh ethnicity of Vietnam.
There were 15 dynasties in the history of Champa. According to Chinese historical sources, Champa officially used the quốc hiệu "Lâm Ấp" (林邑) from the 1st to 4th dynasties, "Hoàn Vương" (環王) during the 5th dynasty, and "Chiêm Thành" (占城) from the 6th to 15th dynasties.
List of dynasties in Vietnamese historyEdit
This list includes the various dynasties in the history of Vietnam, of both local and Chinese origins. Dynasties of China that ruled Vietnam are highlighted in . The Triệu dynasty is highlighted in due to its disputed status.
|Dynasty||Period of rule||Status[a]||Rulers|
(English / Chữ Quốc ngữ / Hán Nôm)
(Chữ Quốc ngữ / Hán Nôm)
|From||To||Term||Surname||First to rule[c][d]||Last to rule[d]||List|
|Hồng Bàng dynasty
Hồng Bàng thị
|2879 BCE||258 BCE||2621 years||Royal||Kinh Dương Vương||Hùng Duệ Vương||(list)|
|257 BCE||207 BCE[e]||50 years[e]||Royal||Khai Minh
|An Dương Vương||An Dương Vương||(list)|
|204 BCE||111 BCE||93 years||204–180 BCE; 125–111 BCE:
|Wu of Nanyue||Zhao Jiande||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||111 BCE||9 CE||120 years||Imperial||Liu
|Wu of Han||Liu Ying[k]||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||9 CE||23 CE||14 years||Imperial||Wang
|Wang Mang||Wang Mang||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||25 CE||220 CE||192 years[m]||Imperial||Liu
|Guangwu of Han||Xian of Han||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||229 CE||280 CE||45 years[n]||Imperial||Sun
|Da of Eastern Wu||Sun Hao||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||266 CE||316 CE||41 years[p]||Imperial||Sima
|Wu of Jin||Min of Jin||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||317 CE||420 CE||103 years||Imperial||Sima
|Yuan of Jin||Gong of Jin||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||420 CE||479 CE||59 years||Imperial||Liu
|Wu of Liu Song||Shun of Liu Song||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||479 CE||502 CE||23 years||Imperial||Xiao
|Gao of Southern Qi||He of Southern Qi||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||502 CE||544 CE||42 years||Imperial||Xiao
|Wu of Liang||Wu of Liang||(list)|
|Early Lý dynasty
Nhà Tiền Lý
|544 CE||602 CE||58 years||Imperial||Lý[r]
|Lý Bôn||Lý Phật Tử||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||602 CE||618 CE||16 years||Imperial||Yang
|Wen of Sui||Yang of Sui||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||621 CE||907 CE||271 years[t]||Imperial||Li
|Gaozu of Tang||Ai of Tang||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||690 CE||705 CE||15 years||Imperial||Wu
|Wu Zhao||Wu Zhao||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||930 CE||938 CE||8 years||Imperial||Liu
|Gaozu of Southern Han||Gaozu of Southern Han||(list)|
|Tĩnh Hải quân
|939 CE||965 CE||26 years||Royal||Ngô[u]
|Tiền Ngô Vương||Nam Tấn Vương
Thiên Sách Vương
|Đại Cồ Việt
|968 CE||980 CE||12 years||Imperial[v]||Đinh
|Đinh Tiên Hoàng||Đinh Toàn||(list)|
|Early Lê dynasty
Nhà Tiền Lê
|Đại Cồ Việt
|980 CE||1009 CE||29 years||Imperial[v]||Lê
|Lê Hoàn||Lê Long Đĩnh||(list)|
Đại Cồ Việt
|1009 CE||1225 CE||216 years||Imperial[v]||Lý
|Lý Thái Tổ||Lý Chiêu Hoàng||(list)|
|1225 CE||1400 CE||175 years||Imperial[v]||Trần[w]
|Trần Thái Tông||Trần An||(list)|
|1400 CE||1407 CE||7 years||Imperial[v]||Hồ[x]
|Hồ Quý Ly||Hồ Hán Thương||(list)|
|No independent Vietnamese dynastic title[j]||1407 CE||1427 CE||20 years||Imperial||Zhu
|Later Trần dynasty
Nhà Hậu Trần
|1407 CE||1413 CE||6 years||Imperial[v]||Trần
|Giản Định Đế||Trùng Quang Đế||(list)|
|Primitive Lê dynasty[z]
Nhà Lê sơ
|1428 CE||1527 CE||99 years||Imperial[v]||Lê
|Lê Thái Tổ||Lê Cung Hoàng||(list)|
|1527 CE||1677 CE||150 years||Imperial[v]||Mạc
|Mạc Thái Tổ||Mạc Kính Vũ||(list)|
|Revival Lê dynasty[z][aa]
Nhà Lê trung hưng
|1533 CE||1789 CE||256 years||Imperial[v]||Lê
|Lê Trang Tông||Lê Mẫn Đế||(list)|
|Tây Sơn dynasty
Nhà Tây Sơn
|1778 CE||1802 CE||24 years||Imperial[v]||Nguyễn[ab]
|Thái Đức Đế||Cảnh Thịnh Đế||(list)|
Đế quốc Việt Nam
|1802 CE||1945 CE||143 years||Imperial[v]||Nguyễn Phúc[ae]
|Gia Long Đế||Bảo Đại Đế||(list)|
Timeline of dynasties in Vietnamese historyEdit
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- Emperor at home, king abroad
- Family tree of Vietnamese monarchs
- History of Vietnam
- Hua–Yi distinction
- List of historical capitals of Vietnam
- List of monarchs of Vietnam
- Names of Vietnam
- Southern and Northern Dynasties (Vietnam)
- Timeline of Vietnamese history
- Timeline of Vietnam under Chinese rule
- Vietnam under Chinese rule
- The status of a dynasty was dependent upon the chief title bore by its monarch at any given time. For instance, since all monarchs of the Ngô dynasty held the title of king during their reign, the Ngô dynasty was of royal status.
- The official dynastic name, or quốc hiệu (derived from the Chinese equivalent guóhào), functioned as the formal name of the state during the respective period.
- In the case of Vietnamese dynasties, the monarchs listed were the de facto founders of dynasties. However, it was common for Vietnamese monarchs to posthumously honor earlier members of the family as monarchs. For instance, while the Trần dynasty was officially established by Trần Thái Tông, four earlier members of the ruling house were posthumously accorded imperial titles, the most senior of which was Trần Kinh who was conferred the temple name Mục Tổ (穆祖) and the posthumous name Ý Hoàng Đế (懿皇帝).
- In the case of Chinese dynasties that ruled over Vietnam, the first and last monarch to rule Vietnam could be different from the founder and the final monarch of the particular dynasty. For instance, while the first and last monarch of the Ming dynasty to rule over Vietnam was the Yongle Emperor and Xuande Emperor respectively, the actual founder of the Ming dynasty was the Hongwu Emperor and the actual final Ming monarch was the Chongzhen Emperor.
- Alternative sources identify the rule of the Thục dynasty as having ended in 179 BCE, for a length of 78 years.
- The Triệu dynasty was founded by Zhao Tuo, an ethnic Chinese from the Qin dynasty. The dynasty was considered a local regime by traditional Vietnamese historiography, while modern historians usually view the regime as foreign. In Chinese historiography, the dynasty is typically regarded as a regional regime in southern China.
- While the Emperor Wu of Nanyue and the Emperor Wen of Nanyue claimed imperial title domestically, they adopted royal title when dealing with the Western Han.
- The Western Han (Tây Hán; 西漢) and the Eastern Han (Đông Hán; 東漢) are collectively known as the Han dynasty (Nhà Hán; 茹漢).
- China's rule over Vietnam under the Western Han, the Xin dynasty, and the Eastern Han (until 40 CE) constitute the First Chinese domination of Vietnam in Vietnamese historiography.
- During periods of direct Chinese rule, Vietnam naturally did not possess an independent quốc hiệu of its own. Instead, the formal name of the realm would be the respective guóhào adopted by the Chinese dynasty that governed Vietnam at that time.
- Liu Ying was not officially enthroned and maintained the title huáng tàizǐ (皇太子; "crown prince") during the regency of Wang Mang. The last Western Han monarch that ruled over Vietnam who was officially enthroned was the Emperor Ping of Han.
- China's rule over Vietnam under the Eastern Han (since 43 CE), the Eastern Wu, the Western Jin, the Eastern Jin, the Liu Song, the Southern Qi, and the Liang dynasty constitute the Second Chinese domination of Vietnam in Vietnamese historiography.
- The rule of the Eastern Han over Vietnam was interrupted by the rule of the Trưng Sisters between 40 CE and 43 CE.
- The rule of the Eastern Wu over Vietnam was interrupted by the rule of the Western Jin between 266 CE and 271 CE.
- The Western Jin (Tây Tấn; 西晉) and the Eastern Jin (Đông Tấn; 東晉) are collectively known as the Jin dynasty (Nhà Tấn; 茹晉).
- The rule of the Western Jin over Vietnam was interrupted by the rule of the Eastern Wu between 271 CE and 280 CE.
- Dã Năng (野能) was the quốc hiệu adopted by the realm of Đào Lang Vương.
- As Triệu Quang Phục, surnamed Triệu (趙), was not a member of the Lý (李) clan by birth, his enthronement was not a typical dynastic succession.
- China's rule over Vietnam under the Sui dynasty, the Tang dynasty, the Wu Zhou, and the Southern Han constitute the Third Chinese domination of Vietnam in Vietnamese historiography.
- The rule of the Tang dynasty over Vietnam was interrupted by the rule of the Wu Zhou between 690 CE and 705 CE.
- As Dương Tam Kha, surnamed Dương (楊), was not a member of the Ngô (吳) clan by birth, his enthronement was not a typical dynastic succession.
- While Vietnamese rulers used the imperial title of hoàng đế (皇帝; "emperor") domestically, they adopted the royal title of vương (王; "king") or quốc vương (國王; "king of state") when dealing with China—a policy historians have termed "emperor at home, king abroad".
- Dương Nhật Lễ, surnamed Dương (楊), was an adopted member of the Trần (陳) clan. His enthronement was therefore not a typical dynastic succession.
- The ruling house of the Hồ dynasty initially bore the surname Hồ (胡). Hồ Liêm later adopted Lê (黎) as the surname. Hồ Quý Ly subsequently restored the surname Hồ after the establishment of the Hồ dynasty.
- China's rule over Vietnam under the Ming dynasty constitutes the Fourth Chinese domination of Vietnam in Vietnamese historiography.
- The Primitive Lê dynasty (Nhà Lê sơ; 茹黎初) and the Revival Lê dynasty (Nhà Lê trung hưng; 茹黎中興) are collectively known as the Later Lê dynasty (Nhà Hậu Lê; 茹後黎).
- The period from 1533 CE to 1592 CE is known in historiography as the Southern and Northern Dynasties (Nam-Bắc triều; 南北朝). The period began with the establishment of the Revival Lê dynasty and ended with the defeat of the Mạc dynasty, resulting in the Mạc retreat to Cao Bằng where it continued to rule until 1677 CE.
- The ruling house of the Tây Sơn dynasty initially bore the surname Hồ (胡). Nguyễn (阮) was subsequently adopted as the surname by Thái Đức Đế prior to the establishment of the Tây Sơn dynasty.
- From 1883 CE to 1945 CE, Nguyễn monarchs nominally ruled over the French protectorates of Annam and Tonkin. In 1945 CE, the last Nguyễn monarch, Bảo Đại Đế, served as the nominal ruler of the Japanese-dominated Empire of Vietnam.
- While Việt Nam (越南) was the quốc hiệu bestowed on the Nguyễn dynasty by the Jiaqing Emperor of the Qing dynasty, the Nguyễn dynasty used the name Đại Việt Nam (大越南) when it conducted foreign relations with states other than China.
- The ruling house of the Nguyễn dynasty initially bore the surname Nguyễn (阮). Nguyễn Phúc (阮福) was subsequently adopted as the surname by Nguyễn Thái Tổ prior to the establishment of the Nguyễn dynasty.
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