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noun
See Jinnee.
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From the atonal pinyin romanization of Chinese (Jìn, “orig. increase”), adopted as the name of a river in Shanxi in antiquity. As a Zhou state, from the renaming of the marchland Tang (唐) by its second marquis Ji Xie when he relocated to the Jin River c. 1000 BC. As a surname, principally from the Zhou state and its region in China and via Korean (jin) in Korea. As an empire and dynastic name, from Sima Yan's status as prince of Jin under the preceding Wei Empire. As a river in Fujian, named for the empire, which settled its banks with colonizers from China's Central Plains. As a dialect, from 晉語 (Jìnyǔ, “"Jinese"”), from the region of the former Zhou state.

  1. (geography) A river (晉水) in Shanxi Province, China, emptying into the Fen River.
  2. (historical, geography) A marchland (c. 1046–677 BC) and duchy (677–376 BC) of the Zhou Kingdom around the river.
  3. A Chinese and Korean surname.
  4. (historical) A titular principality of the Wei Empire (est. AD 264) and other later Chinese states.
  5. (historical, geography) An empire in China (AD 265–420) established by Sima Yan's overthrow of the Wei and replaced by barbarian conquerors in the north and Liu Yu's Song Empire in the south.
  6. (historical) Synonym of Sima: the dynasty which ruled this empire.
  7. (historical, chiefly Chinese contexts) The late 3rd to early 5th century, the era during which the Sima clan were the legitimate emperors of China.
  8. (geography) A river (晉江) in Quanzhou Municipality, Fujian, emptying into the Taiwan Strait.
  9. (historical geography) A prefecture of imperial China centered on Linfen, Shanxi.
  10. (historical geography) Former name of Linfen as the seat of the prefecture.
  11. (historical, geography) An realm in early-10th century Shaanxi loyal to the Tang after their overthrow by the Later Liang.
  12. (historical, geography) The Later Jin, a short-lived empire in 10th-century Shaanxi; the 930s and '40s, the era of this empire.
  13. (historical) Synonym of Shi: the dynasty which ruled this empire.
  14. (linguistics) A Chinese dialect family (code ) spoken by about 45 million people in Shanxi and adjacent provinces.

From the atonal pinyin romanization of Chinese (Jīn, “orig. gold, golden”). As a surname, legendarily derived from the descendants of Shaohao who took a golden phoenix as their tribal emblem. As an area and town in Shaanxi, named for the placer deposits of gold on the Yue River. As a Jurchen empire and dynastic name, a Chinese calque of Jurchen name of the Ashi River within modern Harbin, preserved in Chinese transcription as 按出虎 (Middle Chinese: ʔan-tsyhwit-xu). As a Manchu empire and dynastic name, an early continuation of the former Jurchen name prior to the 1636 proclamation of the Qing.

  1. A Chinese surname, given 29th among the Hundred Family Surnames.
  2. (historical geography) A prefecture of imperial China centered on Ankang, Shaanxi.
  3. (historical geography) Former name of Ankang as the seat of the prefecture.
  4. (historical, geography) An empire in northern China (AD 1115–1234) established by an invasion of Liao by the Wanyan Jurchens and overthrown by an invasion of the Mongols.
  5. (historical) Synonym of Wanyan: the dynasty which ruled this empire.
  6. (historical, ethnography, uncommon) Synonym of Jurchen: the Tungusic people who ruled this empire.
  7. (historical, chiefly Chinese contexts) The 12th to early 13th century, the era during which the Wanyan clan were the legitimate emperors of northern China.
  8. (historical, geography) Synonym of Qing: the Chinese empire, dynasty, and era, (particularly) during the years 1616 to 1636, prior to the formal declaration of the Qing.

From the atonal pinyin romanization of Chinese (Jǐn, “orig. brocade”).

  1. (geography) A river (錦江) in Jiangxi and Guangdong provinces in China, emptying into the Bei or North River.
  2. (geography) A river (錦江) in Sichuan Province, China, emptying into the Min River.
  3. (historical geography) A prefecture of imperial China centered on Luyang, Hunan.
  4. (historical geography) Former name of Luyang as the seat of the prefecture.

From the atonal pinyin romanization of Chinese (Jìn, “orig. a piece of horse tack”). As a surname, legendarily derived from Zhurong.

  1. A Chinese surname.
  2. (geography) A river (靳江) in Hunan Province, China, emptying into the Xiang River.

From the revised romanization of Korean (jin). As an ancient kingdom, originally from Chinese (“5th earthly branch”), whose Old Chinese pronunciation has been reconstructed */[d]ər/, possibly used by the ancient state from its association with "east". As the medieval precursor of Balhae, originally Chinese , whose Middle Chinese pronunciation was tsyin, possibly intended as a variant of the original state's name (Middle Chinese: dzyin) or to signify "thunderclap", "shock", "tremor", &c. As a surname, the modern Korean form of originally separate names derived from Chinese , , , as well as 晉 above.

  1. (historical, geography) An ancient state or tribal confederation in northern Korea.
  2. (historical, geography) Synonym of Balhae, a northern Korean state, (particularly) between its AD 698 founding and 712 renaming.
  3. A Korean surname.

From the romanji form of Japanese (“benevolence”)

  1. A Japanese male given name.

    Jin was also found in the following language(s): Japanese

    Notable Persons Named Jin

    Jin Se-yeon is an actor and actress. She has been prominent since 2010. Jin was given the name Kim Yoon-jung on February 15th, 1994 in Seoul. Jin is also known as Jin Se-yun.

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    Jin Goo is an actor. He was most prominent from 2003 to present. Jin was born on July 20th, 1980 in Seoul.

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    Jin Kyung is an actor and actress. She was most active from 1998 to present. Jin was born on March 27th, 1972 in Masan.

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    Jin Akanishi is a singing, songwriter, arrangement, actor, celebrity, singer, arranger, and television personality. Jin was given the name (Akanishi Jin) on July 4th, 1984 in Chiba Prefecture.

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    Jin Yi-han is an actor. They have been prominent since 2002. Jin was given the name Kim Hyun-joong on October 10th, 1978 in South Korea.

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    Jin Yuzhang is royalty. He was most active from 2015 to present.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Jin

    Park Hae Jin is an actor, model (people), and model. He was most active from 2006 to present. Park was given the name Park Hae-jin on May 1st, 1983 in Busan.

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    Luo Jin is an actor. Luo was born on November 30th, 1981.

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    MC Jin is a hip hop music rapper, songwriter, actor, and rapping. He was most prominent from 2001 to present. MC is also known as Jin and Jin the Emcee.

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    Jun Jin is a k-pop, j-pop, and dance music singing and actor. He plays Guitar, Piano, and Drum. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Jun was given the name Park Choong-jae on August 19th, 1980.

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    Narsha is a singing, actor, radio personality, master of ceremonies, singer, actress, radio host, and mc. She was most prominent from 2006 to present. Narsha was given the name Park Hyo Jin on December 28th, 1981 in Seoul.

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    Boyang was born on October 3rd, 1997 in Harbin.

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    How popular is the baby name Jin in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1961 7 0 7
    1964 6 0 6
    1970 7 0 7
    1971 14 6 8
    1973 5 0 5
    1974 11 0 11
    1975 14 8 6
    1976 16 9 7
    1977 15 5 10
    1978 12 6 6
    1979 20 11 9
    1980 8 0 8
    1981 27 13 14
    1982 23 9 14
    1983 28 13 15
    1984 24 12 12
    1985 23 8 15
    1986 21 7 14
    1987 29 11 18
    1988 27 13 14
    1989 43 16 27
    1990 21 10 11
    1991 36 15 21
    1992 40 10 30
    1993 39 8 31
    1994 44 19 25
    1995 23 5 18
    1996 33 9 24
    1997 21 12 9
    1998 15 0 15
    1999 38 11 27
    2000 29 10 19
    2001 38 13 25
    2002 36 11 25
    2003 52 8 44
    2004 46 10 36
    2005 50 11 39
    2006 53 8 45
    2007 54 11 43
    2008 39 7 32
    2009 35 0 35
    2010 48 6 42
    2011 31 6 25
    2012 58 6 52
    2013 37 0 37
    2014 42 6 36
    2015 43 0 43
    2016 31 0 31
    2017 31 0 31

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    Common last names for Jin

    • Kim
    • Lee
    • Chen
    • Park
    • Huang
    • Wu
    • Chung
    • Wong
    • Chin
    • Choi
    • Tan
    • Woo

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Jin U.S.
      White 1.78% 64.26%
      African American 0.19% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 96.30% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.19% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.13% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.40% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Jin

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Jin

    • How Popular is the name Jin? Jin is the 8,340th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jin was the 3,421st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Jin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,443 babies born with the first name Jin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jin to occupy the territory of Tokelau (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,411 (as of October 18, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1961 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Jin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jin is Friday, May 5th, 1865.
    • What year had the most people named Jin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jin was in 2012 with a total of 52 babies.
    • Random Jin Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jin is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 11 babies in California have the same name as you in 1994.
    • Weird things about the name Jin: Your name in reverse order is Nij. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Jni. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Jin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,432 people with the last name Jin.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Jin as their last name.

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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)
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