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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Chen

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chen
a wild goose having white adult plumage.
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  1. Wild goose having white adult plumage

Notable Persons Named Chen

Chen is a singing, actor, and singer. Chen was given the name Kim Jong-dae on September 21st, 1992 in Siheung.

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Michelle Chen Yan-hsi is a pop and pop music musician. She was most active from 2007 to present. Michelle was given the name Chen Mei-hsuan () on May 31st, 1983 in Taipei. Michelle is also known as 陳妍希.

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Chen Long is a badminton player. Chen was given the name 谌龙 .

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Chen Bolin is a mandopop actor. He was most prominent from 1999 to 1999.

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He has had major accomplishments since 2010. Chen was born on July 5th, 1987 in Hefei. Chen is also known as Xiaoxiao (晓晓) and Morning.

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Chen Shui-bian is a lawyer and politician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to 2008. Chen was born on October 12th, 1950 in Guantian, Tainan City , Taiwan.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Chen

Steve Chen is a co-founder of avos. Steve was given the name Steven Shih Chen on August 18th, 1978 in Taipei.

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Joan Chen is an actor. She has been prominent since 1975.

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Julie Chen is a television presenter, news presenter, television producer, presenter, news anchor, and producer. Her ongoing career started in 1990. Julie was given the name Julie Suzanne Chen on January 6th, 1970 in New York City.

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Joe Chen is an actor, singing, writer, and presenter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 23 to 23. Joe is also known as 小紅恩、教主、球恩.

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Edison Chen is a hong kong hip hop, chinese hip hop, and cantopop author. He plays Vocals. He has been prominent since 1999. Edison is also known as EDC.

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Chen is a singing, actor, and singer. Chen was given the name Kim Jong-dae on September 21st, 1992 in Siheung.

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Popularity of Chen as a last name

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Common last names for Chen

  • Wang
  • Huang
  • Lee
  • Chang
  • Li
  • Chu
  • Yu
  • Lin

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chen U.S.
  White 1.40% 64.26%
  African American 0.30% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 96.12% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.02% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.64% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.52% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chen

People with the last name Chen are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Chen

  • How Popular is the name Chen? Chen is the 25,517th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chen was the 150th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 221 babies born with the first name Chen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chen to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1977 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Chen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chen is Wednesday, September 16th, 1885.
  • What year had the most people named Chen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chen was in 1983 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Random Chen Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chen is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2002.
  • Weird things about the name Chen: Your name in reverse order is Nehc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nehc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 169,580 people with the last name Chen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chen? Chen was ranked as the 150th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.