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First name origin & meaning:

Chinese: Cultured, ornamental

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Chinese: there are two sources for this character for Wen, which also means ‘warm’. One is a territory named Wen, and the other an area named Wenyi. Descendants of rulers of these areas adopted Wen as their surname.
  2. Chinese: from a character that also means ‘literature’. Its origin, however, is from the given name of an ancient personage called Wen.
  3. Chinese: from a character that also means ‘hear’. During the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), in the state of Lu there existed a man who has a supplementary name, Wenren. His descendants adopted the first character of his name, Wen, as their surname.
  4. English: unexplained.
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