Vietnamese Family Names
In the United States, the Vietnamese family name is used as the last name. However, in Vietnamese, the family name is the first in order of the name series (ie, family name - middle name - personal name).
The most common Vietnamese name is Nguyen, connotating the last dynasty. Here are some of the more common Vietnamese family names.
Five Most Common Vietnamese Family Names
Nguye^~n (the most common family name)
Vietnamese Family Names - Meanings or Origins
Bui: Muong name, from Hoa Binh province in Vietnam
Chu: Family name with Chinese roots
Hoang: means yellow, which is the royal color, and can infer royalty.
Lai: Chinese background
Lie^u: Chinese background
Lo: White Thai name
Nghiem: Prestigious central Vietnam family name
Pho': Chinese background
Trung: Loyalty to one's country or king
More Vietnamese Family Names
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If you have additions or recommendations for Vietnamese names, please write us. Special thanks to Thong Doan Ngo, Patti Sheeter, Quynh-Anh Lam, Tran Anh Tu, Hong Cao, and Le Chi Thao for their contributions to this page.
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