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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Yuan

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  1. The imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368
  2. The basic unit of money in China

From Mandarin (Yuán).

  1. The imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368.

Notable Persons Named Yuan

Yuan Shikai was a Hongxian, Emperor of China, Hongxian(洪憲), President of the Republic of China, Prime Minister of the Imperial Cabinet, Viceroy of Zhili, Minister of Beiyang, Chancellor (China), and Empire of China (1915–16). His military service ended in 1916. Yuan was born on September 16th, 1859 in Xiangcheng City. He died on June 6th, 1916.


Yuan Shanshan is an actress and singer. Her ongoing career started in 2008. Yuan was born on February 22nd, 1987 in Xiangcheng District, Xiangyang.


He has been prominent since 2003. Yuan was born on August 23rd, 1982 in Hubei. Yuan is also known as Yuan Hong.


Yuan Tseh Lee is a scientist in the field of chemistry. Yuan was born on November 19th, 1936 in Shinchiku City, Shinchiku Prefecture, Taiwan, in WWII era then under Japanese rule.


Yuan Longping is an agriculture, scientist, and agriculturalscientist. He was most active from 1960 to present. Yuan was born on September 7th, 1930 in Beijing.


Yuan was born on October 16th, 1977 in Jingzhou. Yuan is also known as Yolanda Yuan.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Yuan

Qu Yuan is a poet and government minister. Qu was born in State of Chu, in modern Hubei, China.


He has been prominent since 1991. Ron was given the name Ronald Winston Yuan on February 20th, 1973 in New York City.



Ma Yuan was a in the field of painting. Ma was born in Qiantang. He passed away in 1225.


Keding Yuan was a government official. He holds the title Crown Prince of the Empire of China and Crown Princeof theEmpire of China(until 1916). Keding was born as the child of Yuan Shikai in 1878 in Henan. He left this life in 1958.


He has had major accomplishments since 1997. Nie was born on March 17th, 1978 in Zhenyuan County, Guizhou.


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Popularity of Yuan as a last name

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Common last names for Yuan

  • Chen
  • Yang
  • Li
  • Chang

Common first names for Yuan

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Yuan U.S.
  White 1.62% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 96.43% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.28% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Yuan

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

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Fun Facts about the name Yuan

  • How Popular is the name Yuan? Yuan is the 33,498th most popular name of all time. As a last name Yuan was the 4,129th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Yuan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 124 babies born with the first name Yuan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yuan 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 Yuan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1984 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Yuan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yuan is Friday, April 2nd, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Yuan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yuan was in 2015 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Random Yuan Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yuan is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Yuan: Your name in reverse order is Nauy. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yuna. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Yuan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,588 people with the last name Yuan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yuan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Yuan 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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