Meaning and Origin of: Du

Family name origins & meanings

  • Chinese : from the name of a state that existed during the Zhou dynasty (in present-day Shaanxi province). When the second king of the Zhou dynasty, Cheng Wang (1115–1079 bc), defeated the state of Tang in present-day Shaanxi province, he changed its name to Du and granted it to a descendant of the model emperor Yao. Descendants of the new ruler subsequently adopted the place name as their surname.
  • Chinese : from the names of two princes of ancient territories, one from the state of Qi, and the other from the state of Zhen.
  • Vietnamese (D{us}) : unexplained.