Zhou (surname)

Zhou (surname)
Family name
周; Zhōu
Meaning Zhou Dynasty

Zhōu is the Hanyu Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese family name , which now ranks as the 10th most common surname in Mainland China. It has been one of the ten most common surnames in China since the Yuan Dynasty.

In places which use the Wade-Giles romanization such as Taiwan, Zhou is usually spelled as "Chou", and it may also be spelled "Chiau", "Chau", "Chew", "Chow", "Chou", "Chu", "Jhou", "Joe", "Jou", "Jue", or "Jow". Zhōu can also stand for another, rare Chinese family name, .

The Vietnamese equivalent is "Châu" or "Chu".


Prominent individuals with the surname Zhou

Modern day

Alphabetized by surname, then by given name.


Alphabetized by surname, then by given name.


Alphabetized by surname, then by given name.
  • Zhou Tong (Water Margin), fictional character from the Chinese classic the Water Margin
  • Zhou Botong, a fictional character from the Legend of the Condor Hero and Return of the Condor Heroes novels
  • Chau, Knives, a fictional character from the Scott Pilgrim Comic Series and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Film

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