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The 50th most common last name in China.
There are three main sources for this last name.
1) Descendents of the ancient king Huang Di.
Zhou Wu Wang awarded Wu Dabos great grandson Zhong Tu the
village of Yan, and his descendents received the last name Yan. 2)
Zhou Kang Wangs son was awarded the town of Yan, and his descendents are also known as the
Yans. 3) During Chun Qiu period, Jin Cheng Gongs son Yi was
awarded the land of Yan (west of Anyi in Shanxi). His descendents are also known as Yans.
(Yan means hell).
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