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in the U.S.
since 1880
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Origin and Meaning of Chu

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  • According to a user from Myanmar, the name Chu is of Korean origin and means "Kiss".
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Typically, the Wade-Giles romanization of the common Mandarin Chinese surname (Zhu).

  1. A Chinese surname​.

Also derived from numerous pinyin romanizations of Mandarin Chinese surnames including , , and (Chu).

  1. A Chinese surname​.

From Mandarin Chinese (Chǔ)

  1. (historical) An ancient Chinese viscounty and kingdom of the Zhou dynasty (circa 1030–223 BCE) along the Yangtze River.
  2. (historical) The realm of this state, as a region or fief in later imperial China.
  3. (historical) Huan Chu, the short-lived kingdom of Huan Xuan (403–404 CE).
  4. (historical) Ma Chu, a kingdom (907–951 CE) during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period.

    Chu was also found in the following language(s): Vietnamese

    Notable Persons Named Chu

    Alex Chu is a k-pop and electropop singing. He plays Piano and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 2001. Alex was given the name Chu Hun-gon on September 2nd, 1979. Alex is also known as Hun-gon and Chu.


    Chu Mei-feng is a journalist. Chu was born on August 5th, 1966.


    Chu Ye-jin is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 2012 to present. Chu was born on October 11th, 2001 in Bucheon.


    David Chu is a fashion designer. David was given the name Chu Hsin-chi in 1955 in Taiwan.


    Chu Shong Tin was a martial artist. Chu was born in Hong Kong. He died on July 28th, 2014.


    Chu Berry was a swing music musician. Chu was given the name Leon Brown Berry on September 13th, 1908. He left this life on October 30th, 1941.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Chu

    Steven Chu is a 12th United States Secretary of Energy. Steven was born on February 28th, 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.


    Jonathan Chu is a filmmaking and filmmaker. Jonathan was given the name Jonathan Murray Chu on November 2nd, 1979 in Palo Alto, California, U.S. Jonathan is also known as Jon.


    Judy Chu is a Member of the California State Board of Equalization, from the 4th district, and Member of theCalifornia State Board of Equalization. Judy was born on July 7th, 1953 in Los Angeles.


    Her most notable accomplishments were from 2014 to present.


    Alex Chu is a k-pop and electropop singing. He plays Piano and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 2001. Alex was given the name Chu Hun-gon on September 2nd, 1979. Alex is also known as Hun-gon and Chu.


    Athena Chu is an actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1992. Athena is also known as Chu Yan.


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    Popularity of Chu as a last name

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    Common last names for Chu

    • Lee
    • Wong
    • Nguyen
    • Chen
    • Ng
    • Chin
    • Tran

    Common first names for Chu

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Chu U.S.
      White 2.61% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 92.14% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.30% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.68% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Chu

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Chu

    • How Popular is the name Chu? Chu is the 68,520th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chu was the 1,238th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Chu have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 13 babies born with the first name Chu in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chu? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1986 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Chu first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chu is Friday, October 22nd, 1875.
    • What year had the most people named Chu born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chu was in 1990 with a total of 7 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Chu: Your name in reverse order is Uhc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cuh. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Chu? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 28,508 people with the last name Chu.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chu? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Chu as their last name.

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    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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