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Gender: Male Meaning of Chen: "great, tremendous" Origin of Chen: Chinese

The name Chen is a boy's name of Chinese origin meaning "great, tremendous". Chen and discussed in our forums with posts like "Harry Potter House Sorting Name Game".

From the experts:

Asian name with positive meaning.

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Famous People Named Chen

Chen, stage name of Kim Jongdae, South Korean singer of group EXO
Chen Reiss, Israeli operatic soprano
Chen Shui-bian, former President of Taiwan (Chen is his surname)

Pop Culture References for the name Chen

Chen Hong, character from the "Sims" series
Chen Zuoi, character from the "Sims series"
Chen is a surname in Chinese.


Chen Says:


Exactly. Like beauty is for women, courage is for men.
Thank you for asking too!

Leonina Says:


That's really interesting!! If it's about word characters... then the gendering is because some things are seen as for example feminine? Like we see the names of flowers as usually girly?

Thank you for answering, this is super interesting :)

Chen Says:


Actually, many Chinese characters are pronounced as “Chen.”
If here it’s talking about a very frequently seen Chinese surname, “陳,” the character means “old” or “display.”

Also, in Chinese, any character can be used to be a name. You can even use “笨” (stupid) if you want.😂 My point is that characters don’t really belong to any of the two gender. But indeed, some of them are usually used in one gender more often.

Leonina Says:


May I ask what it does mean?

Chen Says:


I’m a Chinese native speaker, and I have to say that “Chen” doesn’t mean “great, tremandous.” 😅

RenRose Says:


Please try and keep the comments section free from profanity. I understand your complaint but there was no need to address it with such language.

faithnamer Says:


Woah there, bad language is not necessary.