Sunday, July 21, 2019

Amazing Chinese Characters (234) Ding (Surname) - 丁

Ding is a popular Chinese Surname.

The shell bone script of Ding

They are heads of bamboo nails, that is the original meaning of Ding.

or wooden wedge

So the original meaning of 丁 is Nail or anything small with a sharp end.

Its bronze script

different shapes of nail heads.

Its big seal script is

The top of a small nail.

Its small seal script

A side view of the nail.

Its clerical script

Different side view of nail, the hook is not for pictography, but unconscious extra brush movement. 

Its Pinyin is Ding1.

丁 is a popular surname right now, and character with the least strokes. In Chinese, a name list is alway listed in the order of number of strokes, the least in the first. So 丁 is always the first surname in any name list. 一 (One) has the least strokes but it is not a surname.