First name origin & meaning:
Chinese: Fragrant; sweet-smelling
Last name origins & meanings:
- Chinese: from the name of Ji Fang Shu, a senior
adviser to the penultimate king of the Western Zhou dynasty, Xuan Wang
(827–781 bc). He is known for the expeditions he undertook
to calm southern tribes. His descendants adopted part of his name,
Fang, as their surname.
- Chinese: from the name
of the ancient state of Fang (in present-day Henan province). The
model emperor Yao (2357–2257 bc) was admired by Confucius
for his virtuous leadership and his selection of his successor, Shun,
on grounds of merit rather than heredity. (Yao passed over his own
son, Dan Zhu, who did not display governing ability, and chose Shun.)
When Shun ascended the throne, he granted the state of Fang to Dan
Zhu’s son. His descendants eventually adopted the name of the state
Fang as their surname.
- German: from Middle High German
vanc ‘catch’, ‘enclosure’, hence a topographic name for someone
who lived by an enclosed plot of land, a hunting ground, a place where
traps were set (for game or fish), or a pit; or a byname, meaning ‘the
catch’, for a foreigner who had been forced into bondage.
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