Wang (surname)

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Wang (; pinyin: Wáng) is a Chinese family name and the most common surname in the world.[citation needed] It is ranked 8th in the Hundred Family Surnames, and first in the People's Republic of China's National Citizen ID Information System (NCIIS). Wang is ranked as the most common surname in mainland China, with 92.88 million people bearing this surname.[2][3] Translated into English, Wang literally means "king" or "monarch" (see Chinese noble#Wang; see also King (surname)). However, bearing the name has no royal implications in most cases.

The surname romanized Wang in Mandarin may be romanized differently for persons originating in territories other than northern China. Wang (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wáng) can be romanized as Wong, especially for people from Hong Kong or from Guangdong. (However, Wong is also used as the romanization for the Cantonese pronunciation of at least three different surnames: Wang (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wáng), Huang (Chinese: ; pinyin: Huáng) and Wang (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wāng). In addition, Wang is the Cantonese romanization of the following uncommon family names: (Pinyin: Héng), (Hóng), (Hóng), and (Hóng).)

In Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, the surname has been romanized as Ong (for Hokkien-speaking persons) and Heng (for Teochew-speaking persons).

The Wang surname is also used in some non-Chinese speaking countries, including Korea.

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