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Nguyen / Ruan

Surname
China ruǎn
HK jyun
Japan Min / Gen
Nguyen / Ruan Vertical Wall Scroll

阮 / 阮 is the original Chinese character that represented the Vietnamese surname Nguyễn before Vietnam stopped using Chinese characters and romanized their language. It is probably the most common surname in all of Vietnam. While romanized as Nguyen, it sounds more like the English word "Win" or "When." 阮 / 阮 can also represent the Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam which lasted from 1802 to 1945.

阮 / 阮 is also the Chinese surname Ruan, most Chinese with this surname have ancestors from a small state named Ruan during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) located in the southeast of modern-day Gansu Province.

In Japanese, this can be the rare surnames pronounced Min, Gen, Ken, Gan, or En.

Besides a surname, this character also represents an ancient musical instrument.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

阮安

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Mandarin ruǎn ān / ruan3 an1
Taiwan juan an
Chinese Nguyen An (1381-1453), aka Ruan An, Vietnamese architect and engineer, principal designer of the Forbidden City

阮朝

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Japanese genchou / gencho / げんちょう Japanese Nguyen Dynasty (Vietnam; 1802-1945); (personal name) Nguyen Dynasty

阮晉勇

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Mandarin ruǎn jìn yǒng / ruan3 jin4 yong3
Taiwan juan chin yung
Chinese Nguyễn Tấn Dũng (1949-), prime minister of Vietnam (2006-)

グエン朝

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Japanese guenchou / guencho / グエンちょう Japanese Nguyen Dynasty (Vietnam; 1802-1945)

阮朝;グエン朝

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Japanese genchou(阮朝);guenchou(guen朝) / gencho(阮朝);guencho(guen朝) / げんちょう(阮朝);グエンちょう(グエン朝) Japanese Nguyen Dynasty (Vietnam; 1802-1945)

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Nguyen
Ruan
阮 / 阮
Min / Genruǎn / ruan3 / ruanjuan
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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