Meaning and Origin of: Liu

Family name origins & meanings

  • Chinese : from the name of the state of Liu, which was granted to a descendant of the model emperor Yao (2357–2257 bc).
  • Chinese : variant of Liao.
  • Chinese : from the name of an area called Liu Xia in the state of Lu (in present-day Shanxi province). During the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), this was granted to a counselor famous for his high moral character. His descendants adopted the name of this area as their surname.