Namesakes for Yan

Chinese Emperors: 3 emperors
      Emperor Sima Yan   280-290  
      Emperor Sima Yan   325-342  
      Emperor Li Xuan (a.k.a. Yan)   873-888  
Nobel Prize Winners: 1 literature
      (literature) Mo Yan   2012  
Olympic Medalists: 3 bronze
      (bronze) Ba Yan   1984   basketball  
      (bronze) Wang Yan   1996   10 km walk  
      (bronze) Chen Yan   1996   swimming - 4x100 m medley relay