Gender Feminine
Scripts 嫦娥(Chinese)
Pronounced Pron. CHAHNG-U(Chinese)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Means "beautiful Chang", from Chinese (Chang), a character that refers to the goddess herself, combined with (é) meaning "beautiful, good". In Chinese mythology this is the name of a goddess of the moon, the wife of the archer Hou Yi. Her original name 姮娥 (Heng'e) was changed to avoid the taboo of sharing a homophonic character with the 2nd-century BC Emperor Wen of Han (personal name Heng).


Entry added December 7, 2022