Some characteristic forenames: Vietnamese Thanh, Hung, Minh, Dung, Tuan, Hai, Hoa, Thuy, Son, Anh, Long, Hoang. Chinese Hong, Sang, Chi, Dong, Tong, Lai, Hang, Man, Han, Ho, Phoung, Chan. Korean Tam, Phong, Nam, Thai, Tuong, Chung, Thach, Tinh, Manh, Tham, Uyen, Vang.Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 樂, meaning ‘happiness’ in Chinese: from the first element of the personal name Le Fu (樂父), style name of Yan, son of the Duke Dai of Song (ruler of the state of Song, reigned 799–766 BC ). Yan's grandson Le Ju (樂莒) inherited Le (樂) as his surname.Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 勒: (i) from the second element of the placename Shu-Le (疏勒), an ancient state (located in present-day Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region) during the Western Han dynasty (206 BC –25 AD ). (ii) a surname near the Bohai Sea region during the Han dynasty (206 BC –220 AD ). (iii) a surname traced back to the Hun ethnic group in northern China during the Jin dynasty (265–420 AD ).
Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.