First name origin & meaning:
Last name origins & meanings:
- Chinese: from the secondary name, or ‘style name’,
of a certain prince Bo Yuan, who lived during the Warring States
period (722–481 bc). A grandson of his adopted the Yuan
portion of this as his surname.
- Chinese: origin
- Chinese: origin unknown.
- Chinese: the earliest record of this name is of an
adviser called Yuan Xi in the 12th century bc, during the
later stage of the Shang dynasty. Another source of the name is an
adviser who lived in the state of Wei during the Spring and Autumn
period (722–481 bc), who was granted an area named Yuan;
his descendants adopted the place name Yuan as their surname.
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