1 Chinese 熊: this name has at least two origins. The first is from one of the names of the legendary emperor Huang Di ( 2697–2595 bc ), also known as You Xiong; some of his descendants adapted this name as their surname. A second origin traces it to the end of the Shang dynasty in the 12th century BC: at this time there lived in the state of Chu a wise scholar and author, Yu Xiong , who served as teacher to the duke of Zhou, Wen Wang , famous for his virtue. Some of Yu Xiong's descendants adopted their illustrious forebear's given name as their surname.2 Laotian and Hmong: unexplained.
Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.