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The 46th most common last name in China. There are four main sources of the Dings. 1) the earliest record of this last name in history was the duke of Ding during the Shang Dynasty. 2) Came from the last name of Jiang. The youngest son of Qi Tai Gong, Qi Ding Gong was a high-ranking judge during the reigns of Zhou Cheng Wang and Zhou Kang Wang. After his death, his descendents used his middle name as their last name to commemorate him. 3) During Chun Qiu period, the descendents of a judge called Song Ding Gong, also used Ding as their last name. 4) During the Three Kingdoms period, a general, Sun Kuang of the Wu kingdom, accidentally burnt the food supply and as a punishment, the king Sun Quan ordered this general to change his last name to Ding (the king did not want to bear the same last name as this guilty general.)
Hometown: North west of Dingtao in Shandong Province.
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