Meaning and Origin of: No

Family name origins & meanings

  • Korean : there are three Chinese characters for the No surname, one of which is extremely rare. Between the three characters, there are a total of sixteen clans. All of the clans are descended from founding ancestors from China. One of the founding ancestors, No Su, migrated from China in 755 and brought with him his nine sons. Each of his sons went on to found another clan.
  • Japanese (Nō) : written with the character for ‘ability’; found in the Ryūkyūan island of Amami.
  • No is a very common surname in Korea, and is found throughout the peninsula. Roh Tae Wu, a former president of the Republic of Korea, belongs to one of the No clans.