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陳 is the most common character for a Chinese surname that romanizes as "Chen."
陳 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.
陳 is the Chinese character that was the Vietnamese surname Trần before Vietnam romanized their language.
This can also refer to the Trần Dynasty of Vietnam (1225 to 1400).
陳 is also the Chinese surname Chen, Chin or Chan, Korean surname Jin, and Japanese Surname Yo or Chin.
橙 is the single-character version of orange. This can refer to the color orange, or the fruit (Just like in English). Sometimes it can refer to a whole orange tree. In botany, it can refer to bitter orange (Citrus aurantium).
In Japanese, this is sometimes pronounced as Chen, and used as a female given name. When pronounced as Daidai or Kabuchi, it can be a surname in Japanese.
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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| chén / chen2
ch`en / chen
chin / ちん
to lay out; to exhibit; to display; to narrate; to state; to explain; to tell; old; stale; surname Chen; vassal state during the Spring and Autumn Period 770-475 BC; Chen of the Southern dynasties (557-589)
(1) Chen (ancient Chinese state, approx. 1045-479 BCE); Ch'en; (2) Chen dynasty (China, 557-589 BCE); Ch'en dynasty; (surname) You; (surname) Han; (given name) Noburu; (surname) Toran; (surname) Tsun; (personal name) Chinshou; (surname) Chin; (surname) Chiyan; (surname) Chitsun; (surname) Chien; (personal name) Chen; (surname) Chiin; (surname) Tan; (surname) Jin; (surname) Shou; (surname) Kuwaotsuku
Arrange, marshal, spread, state; old, stale; to tell
| chén / chen2
ch`en / chen
omi;shin / おみ;しん
state official or subject in dynastic China; I, your servant (used in addressing the sovereign); Kangxi radical 131; surname Chen
(1) (archaism) retainer; attendant; (2) (おみ only) (See 八色の姓) Omi (hereditary title; orig. one of the two highest such titles, later demoted to sixth highest of eight); (3) (しん only) (humble language) (used by a servant when speaking to their master) I; me; (surname) Tomi; (given name) Shin; (surname, female given name) Omi; (surname) Onoko
| chén / chen2
ch`en / chen
faithful; sincere; surname Chen
| zhì yǐ / zhi4 yi3
Zhiyi (538-597), founder of the Tiantai sect of Buddhism
Zhiyi, founder of the Tiantai school, also known as 智者 and 天台 (天台大師); his surname was 陳 Chen; his 字 was 德安, De-an; born about A. D. 538, he died in 597 at 60 years of age. He was a native of 頴川 Ying-chuan in Anhui, became a neophyte at 7, was fully ordained at 20. At first a follower of 慧思, Huisi, in 575 he went to the Tiantai mountain in Chekiang, where he founded his famous school on the Lotus Sūtra as containing the complete gospel of the Buddha.
| xuán zàng / xuan2 zang4
genjou / genjo / げんじょう genshou / gensho / げんしょう
Xuanzang (602-664) Tang dynasty Buddhist monk and translator, who traveled to India 629-645
(given name) Genjou; (person) Xuanzang (602-664); (surname) Genshou
Xuanzang, whose name is written variously e. g. Hsüan Chuang, Hiüen-tsang, Hiouen Tsang, Yüan Tsang, Yüen Chwang; the famous pilgrim to India, whose surname was 陳 Chen and personal name 禕 Wei; a native of Henan, A. D. 600-664 (Giles). It is said that he entered a monastery at 13 years of age and in 618 with his elder brother, who had preceded him in becoming a monk, went to Chang-an 長安, the capital, where in 622 he was fully ordained. Finding that China possessed only half of the Buddhist classics, he took his staff, bound his feet, and on foot braved the perils of the deserts and mountains of Central Asia. The date of his setting out is uncertain (629 or 627), but the year of his arrival in India is given as 633: after visiting and studying in many parts of India, he returned home, reaching the capital in 645, was received with honour and presented his collection of 657 works, 'besides many images and pictures, and one hundred and fifty relics, 'to the Court. Taizong, the emperor, gave him the 弘福寺 Hongfu monastery in which to work. He presented the manuscript of his famous 大唐西域記 Record of Western Countries in 646 and completed it as it now stands by 648. The emperor Gaozong called him to Court in 653 and gave him the 慈恩寺 Cien monastery in which to work, a monastery which ever after was associated with him; in 657 he removed him to the 玉華宮 Yuhua Gong and made that palace a monastery. He translated seventy-five works in 1335 juan. In India he received the titles of 摩訶耶那提婆 Mahāyānadeva and 木叉提婆 Mokṣadeva; he was also known as 三藏法師 Tripiṭaka teacher of Dharma. He died in 664, in his 65th year.
| tiān tái dà shī / tian1 tai2 da4 shi1
t`ien t`ai ta shih / tien tai ta shih
tendaidaishi / てんだいだいし
(personal name) Tendaidaishi
The actual founder of the Tiantai 'school' 智顗 Zhiyi; his 字 was 德安 De-an, and his surname 陳 Chen, A. D. 538-597. Studying under 慧思 Huici of Hunan, he was greatly influenced by his teaching; and found in the Lotus Sutra the real interpretation of Mahayanism. In 575 he first came to Tiantai and established his school, which in turn was the foundation of important Buddhist schools in Korea and Japan; Great Master Tiantai
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|chin||chén / chen2 / chen||ch`en / chen|
|Tran||陳||chin||chén / chen2 / chen||ch`en / chen|
|Orange||橙||daidai||chéng / cheng2 / cheng||ch`eng / cheng|
|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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