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Hong could also come from Chinese 红 (hóng) which means "red". [noted -ed]
Qian Hong is a former butterfly swimmer from China and two-time Olympic medalist. Qian first won a bronze medal in the 100 m butterfly at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Four years later she captured gold in the same event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
Zhang Hong is a Chinese long track speed skater, known best for her gold medal in the 1000 meters in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Previously Zhang had won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Sprint Championships. She set two personal records and received bronze medal in the 500 meters (28 January 2012). Her total points record for the championships (all four races) was the third best of all times. She started her skating career in 2008 and had victories in the Chinese National Winter Games 2012 where she represented the People's Liberation Army delegation. Zhang is the current holder of the Chinese records on 500 and 1000 metres.
Also a feminine name. [noted -ed]
Choi Jun-Hong, better known by his stage name "Zelo", is a South Korean rapper, dancer, singer and beatboxer. He is best known as a member of a South Korean K-Pop group, B.A. P as the youngest and is the lead rapper of the group.
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In her autobiographical epic Wild Swans, British-Chinese author Jung Chang writes that Hong can mean "red" or "wild swan" in Chinese.
Chang's birth name was Er-Hong (二鴻), meaning "Second Swan". However, as it sounded like the Chinese word for "faded red", she asked her father to rename her something more commanding.
This is the name of the female watchguard (a lousy one at that) from the Touhou Project.
Hong could also mean "red". If this were the case, then it should be used for a girl. I know, I'm Chinese.
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