First Name
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 Zhou

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  1. The imperial dynasty of China from 1122 to 221 BC; notable for the rise of Confucianism and Taoism

From the Pinyin romanization of Mandarin Chinese 粥 (zhōu).

  1. (Chinese contexts) Synonym of congee: a thick rice porridge.

zhou was also found in the following language(s): Mandarin

Notable Persons Named Zhou

Zhou Enlai was a politician, strategist, diplomat, and revolutionary. Zhou was born on March 5th, 1898 in Huai'an. He breathed his last breath on January 8th, 1976.


Zhou Xun is an actor. She was most active from 1991 to present. Zhou is also known as Zhou Gongzi (周公子 and "Young Gentleman Zhou").


Zhou Qi is a basketball player for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. He was most active from 2014 to present. Zhou was born on January 19th, 1996 in Henan, China.


Zhou Yongkang is a Communist Party Secretary of Sichuan Province, Minister of Public Security of China, Communist Party Secretary ofSichuanProvince, Minister of Land, Resources of China, Ministry of Public Security (China), Ministry of Land, and Resources. Zhou was given the name Zhou Yuangen (周元根) in Wuxi.


Zhou was given the name Zhou Yaoping on January 13th, 1906 in Changzhou.


Zhou Mi is a k-pop, mandopop, and dance music singer-songwriter, actor, master of ceremonies, and radio personality. His career lasted from 2008 to 2008. Zhou was born on April 19th, 1986 in Wuhan.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Zhou

King Wu of Zhou is royalty. He was most active from 1046 to present.


King Zhou is royalty. He has had major accomplishments since 1075.


Vincent was born on October 25th, 2000.


Shen Zhou is an artist in the field of shan shui. Shen was born in Xiangcheng District, Suzhou.


King Mu of Zhou is royalty. He was most prominent from 976 to present.


King You of Zhou is royalty. He was most prominent from 781 to present.


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International Interest for Zhou

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Zhou as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Zhou U.S.
  White 0.98% 64.26%
  African American 0.18% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 98.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.51% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Zhou

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

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Fun Facts about the name Zhou

  • How Popular is the name Zhou? As a last name Zhou was the 1,532nd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Zhou first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Zhou is Tuesday, July 22nd, 1919.
  • How unique is the name Zhou? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Zhou. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Zhou: Your name in reverse order is Uohz. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Zhou. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Zhou? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 23,437 people with the last name Zhou.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Zhou? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Zhou as their last name.

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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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