Zhong (surname)

Zhong is pinyin transliteration of several Chinese surnames, including Zhōng (鍾/钟), Zhòng (种, mistakenly for Chóng, cf. zh:种姓). and Zhòng (仲), etc. These are also transliterated as Chung (especially in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia). It is sometimes transliterated as Cheong or Choong in Malaysia. In Indonesia, it is transliterated as Tjung or Tjoeng.

Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu PinyinZhōng
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu PinyinZhòng


Zhōng (鍾/钟) is the 56th-most-common last name in China. People surnamed Zhong are the descendants of Tang of Shang, the first king of the Shang dynasty. During the Zhou Dynasty, a descendant of Tang of Shang, Wei Zi Qi was made the duke of Song (south of Shangqiu, Henan). A few generations later, Song Heng Gong had a son called Ao. Ao had a grandson Bo Zhong, who was a judge in the Jin kingdom. Bo pleaded for the duke of Jin to repent from his unrighteousness and was executed. His son Zhou Li fled to the kingdom of Chu and became the prime minister. He was awarded the land of Zhongli (northeast of Fengyang, Anhui), and his descendants were known as the Zhonglis. Among them, Zhongli Mei was a general under Xiang Yu. After Xiang Yu was defeated by Liu Bang, Zhongli Mei committed suicide. Mei's son, Jie, fled to Zhangge, Henan, and changed his last name to Zhong. Zhong Jie can be considered as the forefather of the Zhong family.

Notable persons surnamed ZhongEdit

Zhōng 鍾/钟Edit

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  • Kym Ng 钟琴 Singaporean actress.

Zhòng 仲Edit

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