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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Tian

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Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  • A user from China says the name Tian is of Chinese origin and means "Farmland".
  • According to a user from Singapore, the name Tian is of Chinese origin and means "Sweet".
  • According to a user from Australia, the name Tian is of French origin and means "Princess".
  • A user from Thailand says the name Tian is of Chinese origin and means "Sky".
  • According to a user from Jamaica, the name Tian is of Chinese origin and means "Heaven Day and Sky".

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From Provençal French tian, from Ancient Greek τήγανον (tḗganon).

  1. An oval cooking-pot, traditionally used in Provence.

tian was also found in the following language(s): Esperanto, French, Ligurian, Mandarin, Old Frisian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Tian

Tian was born on April 8th, 1994 in Hubei.


Tian Zhuangzhuang is a film director, producer, professor at beijing film academy, film producer, and beijing film academy. He was most active from 1980 to present.


Tian Han was a writer. His career lasted from 1920 to 1968. Tian was born on March 12th, 1898 in Guoyuan, Hunan. He left this life on December 10th, 1968.



His career lasted from 2006 to 2008. Tian was born on August 16th, 1987 in Dalian.


Tian Liang is an actor. Tian was born on August 27th, 1979 in Chongqing.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tian

Jing Tian is an actor. Her career lasted from 2008 to 2008.


She was most prominent from 2013 to present. Carrie was born on January 1st, 1994 in Singapore.


Valerie Tian is an actress and actor. Her ongoing career started in 2002. Valerie was born on April 21st, 1989 in Vancouver.


Gang Tian is a scientist in the field of mathematics. Gang was born on November 24th, 1958 in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.


Houwei was born on January 11th, 1992 in Fuzhou.


Ge Tian is a fashion model and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2005. Ge was born on December 25th, 1988 in Jinan.


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Popularity of Tian as a last name

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Common last names for Tian

  • Zhang

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tian U.S.
  White 2.26% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 96.02% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tian

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

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Fun Facts about the name Tian

  • How Popular is the name Tian? Tian is the 19,131st most popular name of all time. As a last name Tian was the 9,195th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 380 babies born with the first name Tian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tian 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 Tian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1974 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Tian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tian is Friday, December 13th, 1907.
  • What year had the most people named Tian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tian was in 2017 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Tian: Your name in reverse order is Nait. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tani. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tian? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,547 people with the last name Tian.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tian? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Tian 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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