Meaning and Origin of: Xiang

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Chinese : Fragrant

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Chinese : there are two accounts of the origin of this surname, which is represented by a character that also means ‘to’. The first account derives the name from Xiang Ji, a senior adviser to Wu Wang, the first king (1122–1116 bc) of the Zhou dynasty. The second account traces it to Xiang Fu, a son of a duke of the State of Song during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc).
  • Chinese : from the name of an ancient state of Xiang. Following the defeat of this state, its residents adopted its name as their surname.
  • Chinese : from the name of Xiang, the fifth king of the Xia dynasty (2205–1766 bc).