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Rén is the Mandarin pinyin romanisation of the Chinese surname written in Chinese character. It is romanised as Jen in Wade–Giles, and Yam or Yum in Cantonese. It is listed 58th in the Song dynasty classic text Hundred Family Surnames.[1] As of 2008, it is the 59th most common surname in China, shared by 4.2 million people.[2]

Rén (任)
Ren surname.png
PronunciationRén (Mandarin)
Yam (Cantonese)
Language(s)Old Chinese
Other names
Variant form(s)Yam, Yum, Jen
Derivative(s)Im (Korean surname)

Notable peopleEdit

Self portrait of Ren Xiong


  1. ^ "百家姓" [Hundred Family Surnames] (in Chinese). Guoxue. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  2. ^ 中国最新300大姓排名(2008) [300 most common surnames in China (2008)] (in Chinese). 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2014-09-18.