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Qi Name Meaning

Chinese:: Mandarin form of the surname 齊 meaning ‘neat’ or ‘identical’ in Chinese: (i) from Qi (齊) the name of a state (originally located mainly in Shandong province) that was granted to Jiang Ziya (also known as Jiang Tai Gong; c. 11th century BC) during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC). (ii) from the first element of the personal name Qi Zi (齊子) style name of an official in the state of Wey during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (iii) traced back to the Qi (齊) family from the Di ethnic group in Wudu (located in present-day Gansu province) in ancient China. Mandarin form of the surname 祁 meaning 'enormously' in ancient Chinese: (i) said to be borne by descendants of one of the sons of the legendary Huang Di the ‘Yellow Emperor’ (c. 27th century BC). (ii) from the placename Qi (祈) the name of a fief (located in Shanxi province) granted to Xi an official in the state of Jin during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (iii) from the first element of Qi Fu (祈父) the name of an official during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC); also the name of an official post in charge of weapons during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC). Mandarin form of the surname 戚 meaning ‘grief’ in ancient Chinese and also denoting a type of weapon: from Qi (戚) the name of a fief (located in Henan province) granted to Sun Lin Fu an official in the state of Wey during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Mandarin form of the surname 漆 meaning ‘paint’ in Chinese: (i) shortened form of the Chinese compound surname Qi-Diao (漆雕) said to be descendants of Qi-Diao Kai (漆雕開) a pupil of Confucius (551–479 BC). (ii) said to be from the Sou Man ethnic group (found mostly in present-day Shandong province). (iii) from the placename Qi (漆) the name of a fief (located in Shandong province) granted to an official in the state of Lu during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (iv) possibly from Qi (漆) the name of a river in Shaanxi province. Mandarin form of the surname 亓: shortened form of the Chinese compound surname Qi-Guan (亓官) the name of an official post in charge of the marriage of women in ancient China. Mandarin form of the surname 蕲: (i) from Qi (蕲) the name of an ancient state (located in Anhui province) during Warring States Period (475– 221 BC) which was annexed by the state of Chu. (ii) from Qi Chun (蕲春) the name of a state (located in Qichun in present-day Hubei province) during the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).7: Mandarin form of the surname 啓 meaning ‘open’ in ancient Chinese: (i) from Qi (啓) style name of the second king of the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). (ii) from the personal name Qi (啓) style name of a prince in the state of Chu during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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