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This is the Tom Clan Generational Poem. If you are interested in this poem, you probably already know the meaning, so for now we'll forgo including a translation.
This is the most common character for a Chinese surname that romanizes as "Chen".
This is also a surname You or Yo in Japanese, though it can also be pronounced as Chin in Japanese.
In Korean, it is a surname romanized as Jin.
As a word, this character means: to lay out; to exhibit; to display; to narrate; to state; to explain; to tell.
The Chen clan or family was a small kingdom from 1046 BC to 479 BC. It was one of 12 small-but-powerful vassal states during the Spring and Autumn Period 770-475 BC. This name reappeared as the Chen Dynasty (陳朝) of the Southern dynasties from 557 AD to 589 AD.
This is family in Japanese Kanji. It represents all the members of a family. This can also mean household or clan depending on context.
This is a Japanese title for the eldest child, oldest child, first born child, or child who carries on the family name.
In more ancient times, this was used to refer to the head of a warrior clan. It can also be a place name or given name "Souryou" or "Soryo" in Japanese.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your clan search...
|Character Images||Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
|堂|| táng / tang2
t`ang / tang
dou / do どう
| (main) hall; large room for a specific purpose; relationship between cousins etc on the paternal side of a family; of the same clan; classifier for sets (or suites) of furniture, classes etc; CL:間|间[jian1]
(n,n-suf,n-pref) (1) temple; shrine; hall; (2) prefix to building meaning "magnificent"; Douzaki (surname)
prāsāda. A hall, temple, court.
|姓|| xìng / xing4
sou / so そう
sei / se せい
shou / sho しょう
| family name; surname; CL:個|个[ge4]; to be surnamed
(1) surname; family name; (2) hereditary title (used in ancient Japan to denote rank and political standing); (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) surname; family name; (1) hereditary title (used in ancient Japan to denote rank and political standing); (2) (archaism) clan
|室|| shì / shi4
| room; work unit; grave; scabbard; family or clan; one of the 28 constellations of Chinese astronomy; surname Shi
greenhouse; icehouse; cellar; (n,n-suf) (1) room; (2) (obscure) wife (of someone of high rank); (3) (obscure) scabbard; (4) (astron) Chinese "Encampment" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); Muroran (personal name)
House, household, abode; translit. ś, s, śr;, śl. Cf. 尸; 舍; 音; for 室摩 v. 沙門.
|宗|| zōng / zong1
shuu / shu しゅう
| school; sect; purpose; model; ancestor; clan; to take as one's model (in academic or artistic work); classifier for batches, items, cases (medical or legal), reservoirs; surname Zong
center (centre); pillar; principle; sect; Motoi (given name)
Ancestors, ancestral; clan; class, category. kind; school, sect; siddhānta, summary, main doctrine, syllogism, proposition, conclusion, realization. Sects are of two kinds: (1) those founded on principles having historic continuity, as the twenty sects of the Hīnayāna, the thirteen sects of China, and the fourteen sects of Japan: (2) those arising from an individual interpretation of the general teaching of Buddhism, as the sub-sects founded by Yongming 永明 (d. 975), 法相宗, 法性宗, 破相宗, or those based on a peculiar interpretation of one of the recognized sects, as the Jōdo-shinshū 淨土眞宗 found by Shinran-shōnin. There are also divisions of five, six, and ten, which have reference to specific doctrinal differences. Cf. 宗派.
|兄|| xiōng / xiong1
nii / ni にい
kei / ke けい
| elder brother
(suffix noun) (1) (familiar language) used after the name of someone who is an older brother figure; (2) used with various honorifics to mean (older) brother; (1) (archaism) eldest son; (2) (archaism) older brother; older sister; (3) (archaism) older person; (4) (archaism) head of a clan; head of a region; (5) (archaism) skilled craftsman; (n,n-suf) (1) elder brother; (pn,adj-no) (2) (familiar language) (masculine speech) pronoun or suffix used in reference to an older brother figure; Mister; Mr; (humble language) elder brother; older brother; Kei (personal name)
|氏|| zhī // shì / zhi1 // shi4
chih // shih
| see 月氏[Yue4 zhi1] and 閼氏|阏氏[yan1 zhi1]; clan name; maiden name
(suffix) (1) (honorific or respectful language) Mr; (2) clan; (3) (honorific or respectful language) he; him; (counter) (4) (honorific or respectful language) counter for people; family name; lineage; birth; Hamauji (surname)
|族|| zú / zu2
| race; nationality; ethnicity; clan; by extension, social group (e.g. office workers 上班族)
party (of people); set (of people); clan; family; fellow; (n,n-suf) (1) tribe; clan; band; (2) (taxonomical) tribe; (3) group (of the periodic table); Yakara (female given name)
|社|| shè / she4
| society; group; club; agency; (old) god of the land
shrine (usually Shinto); (n,n-suf) (1) (abbreviation) company; association; society; (2) regional Chinese god of the earth (or a village built in its honour); (ctr,suf) (3) counter for companies, shrines, etc.; Yashiro (p,s,f)
Gods of the land; a village, clan, society.
| bèi / bei4
| contemporaries; generation; lifetime
party (of people); set (of people); clan; family; fellow; (suffix noun) suffixed to words indicating a class of people to create a plural (esp. in impolite contexts); group; gang; bunch; comrade; fellow
|藩|| fān / fan1
| fence; hedge; screen; barrier; vassal state; Taiwan pr. [fan2]
(n,n-suf) feudal domain (Edo and early Meiji periods, precursor to current prefectures); fiefdom; province; clan; Mamoru (given name)
|首|| shǒu / shou3
koube / kobe こうべ
outo / oto おうと
| head; chief; first (occasion, thing etc); classifier for poems, songs etc
(1) (archaism) office; official; (2) chief; head; decapitated head of an enemy; (counter) counter for songs and poems; (1) (archaism) eldest son; (2) (archaism) older brother; older sister; (3) (archaism) older person; (4) (archaism) head of a clan; head of a region; (5) (archaism) skilled craftsman; (1) neck; (2) head; (3) (kana only) dismissal; discharge; firing (from a job); head (of a doll); (archaism) Obito (hereditary title, often given to powerful regional families); Obito (personal name)
| fá / fa2
| powerful individual, family or group; clique; (loanword) valve
(n,n-suf) clique; clan; faction; (personal name) Isao (Isawo)
|上忍|| shàng rěn / shang4 ren3
jounin / jonin じょうにん
| Ninja clan master; highest-ranking ninja
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
|一味|| yī wèi / yi1 wei4
| blindly; invariably
(adv,n) unique or peculiar flavor (flavour); (noun/participle) clan; partisans; conspirators; gang; crew; Kazumi (given name)
One, or the same flavour, kind or character, i.e. the Buddha's teaching.
|一族|| yī zú / yi1 zu2
| social group; subculture; family; clan; see also 族[zu2]
(1) family; relatives; dependents; (2) household;
| yī mén / yi1 men2
| (1) family; clan; kin; (2) sect; school; adherents; followers; disciples; (3) (sumo) group of related sumo stables; Hitokado (surname)
The one door out of mortality into nirvāṇa, i.e. the Pure-land door.
|同藩|| douhan / dohan どうはん
|| the same clan
|各藩|| kakuhan かくはん
|| each clan
|大族|| dà zú / da4 zu2
| large and influential family; clan
|大藩|| taihan たいはん
|| large feudal domain; large fiefdom; powerful clan
|家家|| jiā jiā / jia1 jia1
ieie / iee いえいえ
| every house or family
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
|家族|| jiā zú / jia1 zu2
| household; clan
(n,adj-no) family; members of a family;
More info / calligraphy:
Family / Members of a Family
| jiā mén / jia1 men2
| house door; family clan
one's family; one's clan; Kamon (given name)
|宗室|| zōng shì / zong1 shi4
soushitsu / sōshitsu そうしつ
| imperial clan; member of the imperial clan; clansman; ancestral shrine
Soushitsu (given name)
|宗正|| zōng zhèng / zong1 zheng4
| Director of the Imperial Clan in Imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
|宗族|| zōng zú / zong1 zu2
souzoku / sozoku そうぞく
| Chinese clan
one's family or clan
|尚氏|| shoushi / shoshi しょうし
|| Sho clan; royal family of the Ryukyu Kingdom
|平語|| heigo / hego へいご
|| The Tale of the Taira Clan
|德川|| dé chuān / de2 chuan1
te ch`uan / te chuan
| Tokugawa, the ruling clan of Japan from 1550-1850
|土豪|| tǔ háo / tu3 hao2
t`u hao / tu hao
dogou / dogo どごう
| local tyrant; local strong man; (slang) nouveau riche
local clan; Dogou (surname)
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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.
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When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
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As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.
Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...
A Vast Sky Full of Stars|
Cause and Effect
Dragon and Phoenix
First Born Daughter
Forever in My Heart
God is Always With You
|God is Love|
Grace from Heaven
Happiness and Joy
I Love You
I Need You
Life Full of Love
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live Love Die
Love and Devotion
Love for Humanity
Love You Forever
Mother and Son
|No Fear Japanese|
One Life One Chance
Power of the Dragon
Pursuit of Happiness
Sincerity and Devotion
Trust No Man
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Year of the Dragon
With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Tom Clan Generational Poem||尔昌友延嗣捷开文裔光宗传世泽远晋本立道隆积善家国重学业广成芳|
|n/a||ěr chāng yǒu yán sì jié kāi wén yì guāng zōng chuán shì zé yuǎn jìn běn lì dào lóng jī shàn jiā guó zhòng xué yè guǎng chéng fāng|
er chang you yan si jie kai wen yi guang zong chuan shi ze yuan jin ben li dao long ji shan jia guo zhong xue ye guang cheng fang
erh ch`ang yu yen ssu chieh k`ai wen i kuang tsung ch`uan shih tse yüan chin pen li tao lung chi shan chia kuo chung hsüeh yeh kuang ch`eng fang
|er3 chang1 you3 yan2 si4 jie2 kai1 wen2 yi4 guang1 zong1 chuan2 shi4 ze2 yuan3 jin4 ben3 li4 dao4 long2 ji1 shan4 jia1 guo2 zhong4 xue2 ye4 guang3 cheng2 fang1|
erh chang yu yen ssu chieh kai wen i kuang tsung chuan shih tse yüan chin pen li tao lung chi shan chia kuo chung hsüeh yeh kuang cheng fang
|Chen / Chan / Yo / Jin||陈|
|Family / Members of a Family||家族|
If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "clan" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.
Some people may refer to this entry as Clan Kanji, Clan Characters, Clan in Mandarin Chinese, Clan Characters, Clan in Chinese Writing, Clan in Japanese Writing, Clan in Asian Writing, Clan Ideograms, Chinese Clan symbols, Clan Hieroglyphics, Clan Glyphs, Clan in Chinese Letters, Clan Hanzi, Clan in Japanese Kanji, Clan Pictograms, Clan in the Chinese Written-Language, or Clan in the Japanese Written-Language.
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