Chinese Mythology Submitted Names

These names occur in the mythologies and legends of the Chinese people.
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CANGJIE m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
In Chinese mythology, Cangjie was a retainer of the Yellow Emperor (XUANYUAN) who invented written Chinese characters. According to legend, his invention caused ghosts to cry in the night and the sky to rain millet... [more]
CHANG'E 嫦娥 f Chinese Mythology
From Chinese 嫦娥 (Cháng'é) meaning "beautiful Chang", an altered form of the deity's original name 姮娥 (Héng'é) to avoid the taboo of sharing a homophonous name character with 2nd-century BC Emperor Wen of Han (personal name Liu Heng (劉恆))... [more]
CHANGQIN 长琴 m Far Eastern Mythology, Chinese Mythology
From a combination of the characters 长 (cháng, meaning “long”) and 琴 (qín, referring to the guqin or Chinese zither). This is the name of a mythological figure found in the Shanhaijing (山海经), or Classic of Mountains and Seas... [more]
CHANGXIAN 常先 m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the characters 常(cháng, meaning “always” or “frequent”) and 先 (xiān, meaning “first”). Changxian was one of the prominent retainers serving the Yellow Emperor (XUANYUAN) along with FENGHOU and LIMU... [more]
CHIYOU 蚩尤 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
The name of a mythological tribal chieftain who famously opposed the Yellow Emperor. Various sources describe him as a horned humanoid with four eyes, six arms, and hoofed feet, with 81 brothers-in-arms... [more]
CHONGHUA 重华 m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the characters 重 (chóng, meaning “double”, “layered”) and 华 (huá, meaning “flower”, “luxuriance”). This was the supposed personal name of Emperor Shun, one of the Five Emperors said to have ruled in the early days of Chinese civilization... [more]
DONGWANGGONG 东王公 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 东 (dōng, meaning “eastern”), 王 (wáng, meaning “royal”) and 公 (gōng, meaning “duke”, “lord” or “father”). Dongwanggong was the male counterpart of XIWANGMU who ruled in the east and was associated with Yang energy (as opposed to Xiwangmu’s Yin)... [more]
FEILIAN 飞廉,蜚廉 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
The name of a creature or deity in Chinese mythology who is consistently associated with the wind. According to one source it has the body of a bird and the head of a deer. Another source says it has the body and horns of a deer, the head of a sparrow, the spots of a leopard and the tail of a snake... [more]
FENGHOU 风后 m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the characters 风 (fēng, meaning “wind”) and 后 (hòu, meaning “after”). Fenghou was the prime minister during the reign of the Yellow Emperor (XUANYUAN)... [more]
FUFEI 宓妃 f Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 宓 (fu, a surname) and 妃 (fei, meaning “concubine, consort”). More commonly known as Luoshen (洛神), Fufei is the goddess of the Luo River in Chinese mythology, first appearing in the Chuci (楚辞) or Elegies of Chu as the wife of the river god Hebo... [more]
FUXI 伏羲 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 伏 (fu, meaning “to lie prostrate”) and 羲 (xi, referring to the god himself). Fuxi is the twin brother and husband of NÜWA, one of the ancestors of humankind... [more]
GONGGONG 共工 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 共 (gòng, meaning “together”) and 工 (gōng, meaning “work”). Gonggong is a water god in Chinese mythology whose violent, subversive nature caused great disasters and floods... [more]
GOUMANG 句芒 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 句 (gou, meaning “hooked”) and 芒 (mang, meaning “awn”). Goumang is the Chinese god of wood who oversees the spring and the east, especially the rising place of the sun... [more]
GUANYIN 观音, 觀音 f Chinese Mythology
Means "one who observes sounds" from Chinese 观 (guān) meaning "to observe, to view" and 音 (yīn) meaning "sound, tone", referring to the prayers and cries of those who need help... [more]
GǓN m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
In Chinese mythology, this is the father of Yu the Great (WENMING). He was the first person who tried to quell the Great Flood, but he failed and was either exiled or executed at Yushan (Feather Mountain)... [more]
HEBO 河伯 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 河 (he, meaning “river”) and 伯 (bo, meaning “elder”, “earl” or “lord”). Hebo is the god of the Yellow River in Chinese mythology. He is attested as far back as the Chuci (楚辞) or Elegies of Chu, where he is described as a figure riding a dragon-powered chariot... [more]
HOUTU 后土 f Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 后 (hou, meaning “queen”) and 土 (tu, meaning “earth”). Houtu was the Chinese goddess of the earth who regulated all life above ground. In earlier Chinese texts she was also a goddess of the underworld, but later she was absorbed into the Daoist religion and became one of the main deities assisting the rule of YUDI.
HOU YI 后羿 m Chinese Mythology
From Chinese 后羿 (Hòuyì) meaning "king Yi" or "monarch Yi". In Chinese mythology this is the name of a legendary archer and the husband of the moon goddess Chang'e.
HUAXU 华胥 f Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the characters 华 (huá, meaning “flower”, “luxuriance”) and 胥 (xū, meaning “all, each and every”). In Chinese mythology this name is borne by the mother of FUXI and NÜWA... [more]
JINGWEI 精卫, 精衛 f Chinese Mythology
From Chinese 精 (jīng) meaning "essence, spirit" and 卫 (wèi) meaning "guard, protect"... [more]
JIUFENG 九凤 m & f Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 九 (jiu, meaning “nine”) and 凤 (feng, meaning “phoenix”). This is the name of a deity mentioned in the Shanhaijing (山海经), or Classic of Mountains and Seas... [more]
KUAFU 夸父 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 夸 (kua, meaning “boast”) and 父 (fu, meaning “father”). Kuafu was a giant in Chinese mythology most well known for trying to chase or race with the sun... [more]
LEIZU 嫘祖 f Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
In Chinese mythology, Leizu was the principal wife of the Yellow Emperor (XUANYUAN) and the inventor of sericulture. She is commonly worshipped in parts of Northern China as the “Silkworm Mother”.
LIMU 力牧 m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 力 (lì, meaning “strength”) and 牧 (mù, meaning “to herd”). In Chinese mythology this name belonged to one of the greatest retainers of the Yellow Emperor (XUANYUAN)... [more]
LINGLUN 伶伦 m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
In Chinese mythology, Linglun was a retainer of the Yellow Emperor (XUANYUAN) who was said to have invented music. He made flutes that mimicked the songs of many bird species and devised the Chinese 5-tone music scale... [more]
LIYU 丽娱 f Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the characters 丽 (lì, meaning “beautiful”) and 娱 (yú, meaning “amusement” or “to make happy”). In Chinese mythology Liyu was a secondary wife to the Yellow Emperor (XUANYUAN) who was said to have invented cooking... [more]
LUWU 陆吾 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
The name of a deity found in the Shanhaijing (山海经), or Classic of Mountains and Seas. It has the face of a human, the body of a tiger and nine tails. It acts as a groundskeeper for the supreme heavenly god Di, watching over his gardens on Mount Kunlun as well as the Nine Domains of Heaven.
MARICI f Japanese Mythology, Chinese Mythology
Marici is a deva or bodhisattva associated with light and the sun. She is known as Molizhitian (摩利支天) or Molizhitian Pusa (摩利支天菩萨) in China and Marishi-ten (摩利支天?) in Japan and in Tibetan as 'Odzer Canma, "Woman Endowed with Rays of Light" (Wylie: 'od zer can ma)... [more]
MAZU 妈祖, 媽祖 f Chinese Mythology
From Chinese 媽祖 (Māzǔ), derived from 妈 (mā) meaning "mother" and 祖 (zǔ) meaning "ancestor, forebear, grandparent". In Chinese mythology Mazu is a sea goddess and the deified form of a medieval Fujianese shamaness who was revered by seafarers and sailors.
MULAN 木兰, 木蘭 f Chinese Mythology
From Chinese 木蘭 (mùlán) meaning "magnolia". This is the name of a legendary female warrior featured in the Ballad of Mulan. In the poem, Mulan disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place when he is conscripted into the army.
NÜBA 女魃 f Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 女 (nü, meaning “female, woman”) and 魃 (ba, meaning “drought spirit”). This is the name of a mythological figure mentioned in the Shanhaijing (山海经), or Classic of Mountains and Seas... [more]
PANHU 盘瓠, 盤瓠 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 盘 (pan, meaning “plate”) and 瓠 (hu, meaning “gourd”). This is the name of a hound in Chinese mythology who possessed a five-colored pelt. He is considered the ancestor of several ethnic minorities in southern China, such as the Yao and She peoples.
QIANHUANG 乾荒 m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the characters 乾 (qián, a trigram symbol that represents “heaven”) and 荒 (huāng, meaning “wilderness, wasteland”). This is supposedly the personal name of ZHUANXU, one of the Five Emperors and grandson of the Yellow Emperor (XUANYUAN).
QIONGCHAN 穷蝉 m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the characters 穷 (qióng, meaning “to reach a limit” or “poor”) and 蝉 (chán, meaning “cicada”). This name was borne by one of the sons of ZHUANXU who was given ownership of the Gumu (姑幕) Kingdom... [more]
RUSHOU 蓐收 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 蓐 (ru, meaning “straw mat”) and 收 (shou, meaning “to gather” or “harvest”). Rushou is the Chinese god of metal who oversees the season of autumn and the west... [more]
SHANGDI 上帝 m Chinese Mythology
Shangdi (Chinese: 上帝; pinyin: Shàngdì; Wade–Giles: Shang Ti), also written simply, "Emperor" (Chinese: 帝; pinyin: Dì), is the Chinese term for "Supreme Deity" or "Highest Deity" in the theology of the classical texts, especially deriving from Shang theology and finding an equivalent in the later Tian ("Heaven" or "Great Whole") of Zhou theology.
SHAOHAO 少昊 m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the characters 少 (shào, meaning “young”) and 昊 (hào, meaning “vastness” or “heaven”). In Chinese mythology, Shaohao was one of the Five Emperors, sage-kings who ruled during the early days of Chinese civilization... [more]
SHENNONG 神农, 神農 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 神 (shen, meaning “god” or “divine”) and 农 (nong, meaning “farmer”). This was the name of a culture hero in Chinese mythology who taught agriculture and herbology to humanity... [more]
TIANWU 天吴 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 天 (tian, meaning “heaven”) and 吴 (wu, referring to the Wu people of southeast China). This is the name of a deity found in the Shanhaijing (山海经), or Classic of Mountains and Seas... [more]
TINGYAO 听訞 f Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
In Chinese mythology, Tingyao was the wife of the Flame Emperor (sometimes said to be SHENNONG). In some sources she is listed as an ancestress to ZHURONG and mother of JINGWEI.
WANGSHU 望舒 m & f Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the Chinese character 望 (wàng) meaning "to gaze" combined with 舒 (shū) meaning "comfortable, easy". ... [more]
XINGTIAN 刑天 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 刑 (xing, meaning “punishment”) and 天 (tian, meaning “heaven”). This is the name of a mythological figure who appears in the Shanhaijing (山海经) or Classic of Mountains and Seas... [more]
XIWANGMU 西王母 f Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 西 (xi, meaning “western”), 王 (wang, meaning “royal”) and 母 (mu, meaning “mother”). Xiwangmu is one of the oldest and most important goddesses in Chinese mythology, with evidence of her cult dating back to the Shang Dynasty (c.1600 - 1046 BCE)... [more]
XUANMING 玄冥 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 玄 (xuan, meaning “dark, mysterious”) and 冥 (ming, meaning “murky” or “sea”). This is a byname of YUQIANG, the Chinese god of the north, winter and water.
XUANXIAO 玄嚣 m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the characters 玄(xuán, meaning “dark”, “mysterious” or “black”) and 嚣 (xiāo, meaning “noise”). This is the supposed personal name of SHAOHAO, one of the Five Emperors who ruled in the early days of Chinese civilization.
YAOJI 瑶姬 f Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 瑶 (yao, meaning “beautiful jade”) 姬 (ji, meaning “princess” or “noble woman”). Yaoji is the goddess of Wushan, a mountain in southern China. Some sources say that she was a daughter of the Flame Emperor, while later ones incorporate her into the Daoist religion by making her a daughter of XIWANGMU.... [more]
YINGLONG 应龙 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 应 (yìng, meaning “responding, heeding”) and 龙 (lóng, meaning “dragon”). This is the name of a dragon that appears in several Chinese mythological texts, including the Shanhaijing (山海经) or Classic of Mountains and Seas... [more]
YINGZHAO 英招 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 英 (ying, meaning “flower”) and 招 (zhao, meaning “to summon, to beckon”). This is the name of a deity mentioned in the Shanhaijing (山海经) or Classic of Mountains and Seas... [more]
YUDI 玉帝 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 玉 (yu, meaning “jade”) and 帝 (di, meaning “emperor”). In Daoist mythology, Yudi is the supreme ruler of the cosmos who has authority over heaven, earth and hell... [more]
YUQIANG 禺强 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
Also known as Yujiang (禺疆) and Yujing (禺京). He is the god of water who oversees the season of winter and the north, and resides in the North Sea. He is described as having a human face and bird’s body, standing astride two red snakes and wearing two green snakes as earrings... [more]
ZHUANXU 颛顼 m Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
In Chinese mythology, Zhuanxu is the grandson of the Yellow Emperor (XUANYUAN) and one of the Five Emperors, sage-kings who ruled in the early days of Chinese civilization... [more]
ZHUGUANG 烛光 f Chinese, Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From the characters 烛 (zhú, meaning “shining, torch-like”) and 光 (guāng, meaning “light”). This is the name of a goddess mentioned in the Shanhaijing (山海经) or Classic of Mountains and Seas... [more]
ZHULONG 烛龙 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 烛 (zhu, meaning “shining, torch-like”) and 龙 (long, meaning “dragon”). According to the Shanhaijing (山海经), this was a deity who lived on Mount Zhong in the far north... [more]
ZHURONG 祝融 m Chinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology
From a combination of the characters 祝 (zhu, meaning “to pray”) and 融 (rong, meaning “to melt” or “brightness”). This is the name of the Chinese god of fire who oversees the south and the season of summer... [more]