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Zhōu[nb 1] is the Hanyu Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese family name , which now ranks as the 10th most common surname in Mainland China, and 71st in South Korea. It has been one of the ten most common surnames in China since the Yuan Dynasty.

Zhou surname in regular script
Pronunciation Zhōu (Pinyin)
Chiu (Pe̍h-ōe-jī)
[ʈʂóu] (IPA)
Language(s) Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean
Language(s) Old Chinese
Derivation Zhou Dynasty
Other names
Variant(s) Zhou, Chou (Mandarin)
Chow, Chau (Hong Kong)
Chao (Macao)
Chew, Chiu (Hokkien, Teochew)
Châu (Vietnamese)
Tjeuw, Tjioe, Djioe(Indonesian,Dutch)

In places which use the Wade-Giles romanization such as Taiwan, Zhou is usually spelled as "Chou" (ㄓㄡ), and it may also be spelled "Chiau", "Chau", "Chao", "Chew", "Chow", "Chou", "Cho", "Chu", "Jhou", "Joe", "Jou", "Jue", or "Jow". Zhōu can also stand for another, rare Chinese family name, .

The Korean equivalent is "Joo" or "Ju". In addition, the Vietnamese equivalent is "Châu" or "Chu".


Prominent individuals with the surname ZhouEdit

Modern dayEdit


Alphabetized by surname, then by given name.


Alphabetized by surname, then by given name.


  1. ^ The approximate English pronunciation is JOH.


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