Monday, October 6, 2008

Ma (surname)

Ma is one of the most common Chinese family names. As of 2006, it ranks as the 14th most common Chinese surname in Mainland China and the most common surname within the Chinese Muslim community. This surname literally means "horse". The offspring of adopted "Ma" , the first word of the district Ma Fu, as their surname. Variant spellings of "Ma" include "Mah" and "Mar".

Notable individuals with the surname Ma

*Ma Chao, Chinese general during the Three Kingdoms Era
*Ma Chung-Yin, Chinese Eastern Turkestan activist
*Ma Hualong, Chinese-Muslim religious and insurrection leader
*Ma Huateng, Chinese entrepreneur, the founder of Tencent
*Ma Jun, Chinese environmentalist
*Jack Ma, Chinese Internet entrepreneur
*Ma Jae-Yoon, South Korean ''StarCraft'' player
*Ma Lik, Former Legislative Councillor and Chairman of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong
*Qingyun Ma, Architect, founder of MADA s.p.a.m. firm and Dean of University of Southern California School of Architecture
*Ma Sanli, Chinese comedian
*Tzi Ma, Chinese-American actor
*Ma Xiaonian, Physician and sexologist
*Ma Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China
*Ma Yuan , Chinese general of Eastern Han Dynasty
*Ma Yuan , Chinese painter of Song Dynasty
*Yo-Yo Ma, French-born American cellist

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