Taiwan name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Taiwan

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  1. A user from China says the name Taiwan is of Chinese origin and means "A region in East Asia".
  2. A submission from Kenya says the name Taiwan means "Awesome" and is of Chinese origin.
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  1. An island in southeastern Asia 100 miles off the coast of mainland China in the South China Sea
  2. A government on the island of Taiwan established in 1949 by Chiang Kai-shek after the conquest of mainland China by the Communists led by Mao Zedong

From earlier Tayuan, Tayoan, or other variants, from Siraya tau (“people”) + an (“place”). Recorded in Dutch as Tayouan (and other variants), and in Min Nan as 大員 (Tāi-oân) (and other variants). The term initially referred to a sandy peninsula in the area of modern-day Anping District, Tainan, and eventually became the name of the entire island. See also 臺灣/台湾 (Táiwān).

  1. Common name for a country in East Asia. Official name: Republic of China. Its de facto capital is Taipei.
    Synonyms: Chinese Taipei, Republic of China, ROC
  2. An island off the coast of China, also known as Formosa since the 16th century.
    Synonym: Formosa
  3. A province of the Republic of China
  4. A claimed province of the People's Republic of China

Taiwan was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Marshallese, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Taiwan

Notable Persons Named Taiwan

Taiwan Jones

Taiwan Jones is a football player. Taiwan was born on July 26th, 1988 in San Francisco.

Taiwan Brown

Taiwan was given the name Taiwan Le Roi Brown De Jean on March 15th, 1987 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Taiwan is also known as Tai, Tai Possible, and Tai-Tai.

Taiwan Power Company F.C.

Taiwan Power Company F.C. is an athlete for the Taiwan Power Company F.C.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Taiwan

Notable Persons With the Last Name Taiwan

Kritsana Taiwan

Kritsana Taiwan is a soccer player for the Krabi F.C., Air Force Central F.C., Pattaya United F.C., and Ang Thong F.C. Kritsana was born on February 4th, 1984 in Pathum Thani Province.


Fun Facts about the name Taiwan

  • How Popular is the name Taiwan? Taiwan is the 11,719th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Taiwan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 891 babies born with the first name Taiwan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Taiwan to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Taiwan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1969 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Taiwan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Taiwan was in 1976 with a total of 51 babies.
  • Random Taiwan Factoid: According to the 1976 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Taiwan is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name in 1976.
  • Weird things about the name Taiwan: The name spelled backwards is Nawiat. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Natiaw. How do you pronounce that?
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