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

What does the name Wu mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Wu

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  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Wu means ""Courage"" and is of Chinese origin.
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  1. A dialect of Chinese spoken in the Yangtze delta

From the Wade-Giles romanization of Mandarin Chinese (wū, “shaman”)

  1. (historical) A Chinese shaman or shamaness

wu was also found in the following language(s): French, Lower Sorbian, Mandarin, Polish, and Tocharian A

Notable Persons Named Wu

Wu Zetian was royalty. Her most notable accomplishments were from 690 to 690. Wu was born as the child of Wu Shihuo on February 17th, 0624 in Jingzhou. She died on December 16th, 0705.


Wu Chun is a mandopop chief executive officer, singing, actor, spokesperson, model (people), ambassador, and role model. He plays Drums, percussion, and Drum. He was most active from 2005 to 2005.


Wu Jing is an artist. He has been prominent since 1995. Wu is also known as Jacky Wu, Jing Wu, and Jason Wu.


Wu Lei is a soccer player for the Shanghai SIPG F.C., China national under-17 football team, China national under-20 football team, and China national football team. Wu was born on November 19th, 1991 in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.


Wu Changshun is a Vice Chairman of the Tianjin Municipal Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Chief of the Tianjin Public Security Bureau, and Vice Chairman of theTianjinMunicipalChinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Wu was born in Tianjin.


Wu Sangui was royalty. His career lasted from 1678 to 1678. Wu was born as the child of Wu Xiang (Ming general) in Gaoyou. He died on October 2nd, 1678.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Wu

Constance Wu is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2006. Constance was given the name Constance Tianming Wu on March 22nd, 1982 in Richmond, Virginia, U.S.


Kris Wu is a k-pop, c-pop, mandopop, hip hop, and contemporary r&b actor, singer-songwriter, rapping, and model (people). Kris was born on November 6th, 1990 in Guangzhou.


Daniel Wu is an actor. He was most prominent from 1998 to present.


Brianna Wu is a game developer. Brianna was born in United States.


Vanness Wu is a mandopop, contemporary r&b, dance music, taiwanese hip hop, chinese hip hop, and j-pop singing, actor, dance, model (people), songwriter, and spokesperson. His ongoing career started in 2000.


Nicky Wu is a mandopop actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1988 to present. Nicky is also known as Pilihu (霹靂虎).


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Popularity of Wu as a last name

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Common last names for Wu

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  • Lee

Common first names for Wu

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wu U.S.
  White 1.37% 64.26%
  African American 0.18% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 96.37% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.02% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wu

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

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Fun Facts about the name Wu

  • How Popular is the name Wu? As a last name Wu was the 461st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Wu first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Wu is Saturday, March 21st, 1885.
  • How unique is the name Wu? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Wu. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Wu: Your name in reverse order is Uw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wu? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 71,721 people with the last name Wu.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wu? Wu was ranked as the 461st 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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