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Nguyen (Vietnamese: quoc ngu ; chu nom 阮) (pronounced /ŋwiɜn/, see below for a full explanation) is the most common Vietnamese family name. By some estimates, approximately 40 percent of Vietnamese people have this surname. Outside Vietnam, the prominence of this family name sometimes makes it even more popular than "native" family names in the area. In the United States, it is the 229th most popular family name [1], making it the most popular exclusively Asian family name, and placing it ahead of such names as Douglas (257) and Gilbert (237). In North America it is commonly pronounced "win," while the Asian Pacific Islanders (API) Name Pronunciation Guide [2] indicates "Nwen," although neither pronunciation is entirely accurate. The Vietnamese alphabet (quốc ngữ or national script) is the current writing system for the national language of Vietnam. ... Image File history File links Nguyen. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... The International Phonetic Alphabet. ... A family name, or surname, is the part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ... The Vietnamese people (Vietnamese: người Việt or người Kinh) are an ethnic group originating from what is now northern Vietnam and southern China. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west by the...


The correct pronunciation is /ŋwiɜn/ (see IPA chart), pronounced as one syllable. /ŋ/ is the consonant found at the end of the English word "sing" (in English this consonant is never found in initial position, unlike in Vietnamese). /w/ is the glide found in the English word "wet". /iɜ/ is a falling diphtong, meaning /i/ (pronounced like the ee of "see" in American English) is more stressed than /ɜ/ (pronounced like a shortened version of the u of "burn" or the e of "fern" in British English Received Pronounciation). The sound of this diphtong is close (but not identical) to the diphtong /ɪə/ found in British English Received Pronunciation in the words "beer" or "fear". Finally, /n/ is the same consonant as in English. The International Phonetic Alphabet. ... Semivowels (also called semiconsonants or glides) are vowels that function phonemically as consonants. ... In phonetics, a diphthong (in Greek δίφθογγος) is a vowel combination usually involving a quick but smooth movement from one vowel to another, often interpreted by listeners as a single vowel sound or phoneme. ... Received Pronunciation (RP) is a form of pronunciation of the English language, usually defined as the educated spoken English of southeastern England. This is a prescriptivist point-of-view — it is quite possible for an intelligent, educated individual to use a non-standard dialect. ...


Besides these vowels and consonants, Nguyen is also pronounced with a tone in Vietnamese. In Southern Vietnam, Nguyen is pronounced with the dipping-rising tone, meaning the pitch of the voice first lowers from level 3 to 1 then rises back to level 3. In Northern Vietnam, Nguyen is pronounced with the creaking-rising tone, meaning the pitch of the voice rises from level 3 to 5, but with a sort of strangulation (constricted vocal cords), almost akin to a glotal stop heard in the middle of the word: /ŋwi (almost a glotal stop heard here) ɜn/. The glottal stop or voiceless glottal plosive is a type of consonantal sound, used in many spoken languages. ...


There are many notable people named Nguyen, including:

The Nguyá»…n Dynasty (阮朝) was a line of rulers of Vietnam in the 19th century to mid-20th century. ... --69. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm (1492-1587) was a Vietnamese poet and is a saint of the Cao Dai religion. ... Poets are authors of poems, or of other forms of poetry such as dramatic verse. ... In general, the term Saint refers to someone who is exceptionally virtuous and holy. ... Tay Ninh Holy See Cao Dai (Cao Đài) is a relatively new, syncretist, monotheistic religion, officially established in Tay Ninh, southern Vietnam, in 1926. ... Nguyen Cao Ky (Vietnamese: Nguyá»…n Cao Kỳ, Chinese: 阮高祺/阮高其) (born 1930) is a Vietnamese politician, who served as Prime Minister of South Vietnam from 1965 to 1967, and then Vice President until his retirement from politics in 1971. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The Prime Minister of Vietnam is the head of the executive branch of the Vietnamese government. ... Dr. Nguyen Dan Que (born 1943/1944, also known as Nguyen Chau) is a Vietnamese endocrinologist and pro-democracy campaigner. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Endocrinology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the endocrine system and its specific secretions called hormones. ... Nguyen Thi Hong Vaan (ואן נויין) (also known as Vaan Nguyen) is an Israeli journalist and artist, curently living in the city of Tel Aviv. ... A journalist is a person who practices journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events, trends, issues and people. ... Dat and his wife Becky Nguyen Dat Nguyen (born on September 25, 1975 in Sài Gòn, South Vietnam) is the first Vietnamese American to play in the National Football League. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Dustin Nguyen Dustin Nguyen (born Nguyen Xuan Tri on September 17, 1962, in Saigon, South Vietnam) is a Vietnamese-American actor. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Nguyễn Du, 阮攸 (1766–1820), penname Tố Như and Thanh Hi n is a celebrated Vietnamese poet who wrote in Chữ N m, the ancient writing script of Vietnam. ... 1766 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1820 was a leap year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Nguyen Huu Tho (Chu nom 阮友壽, July 10, 1910- December 24, 1996) was acting President of Vietnam from March 30, 1980 to July 4, 1981. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Nguyá»…n Khánh General Nguyá»…n Khánh (Chu Nom: 阮慶) was born November 8, 1927, at Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam. ... Official language Vietnamese Headquarters In Exile in Garden Grove, California Head of State Nguyen Khanh Provisional Government of Free Vietnam (GFVN; Vietnamese: Chính Phủ Lâm Thời Việt Nam Tá»± Do) is an exile government headquartered in Garden Grove, California. ... General Nguyen Khoa Nam was born on 23 September 1927, Da Nang, Vietnam. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Grandmaster Nguyen Loc (* 24. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... Men The Master Nguyen Men The Master Nguyen (born 1954 in Phan Thiet, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese-American professional poker player. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wikibooks Poker has more about this subject: Poker Poker is a card game, the most popular of a class of games called vying games, in which players with fully or partially concealed cards make wagers into a central pot, which is awarded to the remaining player or players with the... General Nguyen Ngoc Loan General Nguyen Ngoc Loan (Nguyá»…n Ngọc Loan/阮玉湾) (1931 – July 14, 1998) was the Republic of Vietnams Chief of Police. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1998(MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Chief of Police in United States usage is the title typically given to the head of a police department. ... Nguyen Phuc Buu Chanh (Nguyá»…n Phúc Bá»­u Chánh; born 12 February 1942, a member of Vietnams Nguyen Dynasty family) and was born in Hue, Vietnam. ... Thuan Scotty Nguyen is a Vietnamese American professional poker player. ... Hồ Chí Minh Hồ Chí Minh (meaning Ho, Enlightened Will) (Chinese : 胡志明) â–¶(?) (May 19, 1890 – September 2, 1969) was a Vietnamese revolutionary and statesman, who later became Prime Minister (1946-1955) and President (1955-1969) of North Vietnam. ... The term statesman is a respectful term used to refer to diplomats, politicians, and other notable figures of state. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Revolutions. ... Tila Nguyen (born October 24, 1981 in Singapore), better known as Tila Tequila or simply Tila, is a Vietnamese American glamour model and singer who is most notable by her appearences in automotive import magazines and films, as well as her impact on the MySpace community. ... General Nguyen Van Hieu was born in Tientsin, China. ... Gen. ... President Nguyen Van Thieu Nguyen Van Thieu (Nguyễn Văn Thiệu,Chu Nom: 阮文紹), (April 5, 1923 – September 29, 2001) was a former General and President of South Vietnam. ... General Nguyen Viet Thanh General Nguyen Viet Thanh was born in 1931, Dalat, Vietnam. ... Nguyen Hop Doan was to be the last mayor of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. ... A mayor (from the Latin maÄ«or, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh) is the largest city in Vietnam and, as Saigon (Vietnamese: Sài Gòn), was the capital of South Vietnam from 1954 to 1976. ... Van Tuong Nguyens mugshot Van Tuong Nguyen (Vietnamese: Nguyá»…n Tường Vân, baptised Caleb[1]) (17 August 1980 – 2 December 2005) was a Thailand–born Vietnamese Australian convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore. ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Usage and pronunciation

In Vietnamese custom as with other East Asian cultures, the surname precedes the given names. Many surnames in Vietnam and other Chinese-influenced cultures (including Korea) are shared with those in Chinese culture. Among Chinese speakers, it can be pronounced Yun or Yuen (Cantonese) and Yuan or Ruan (Mandarin) (Windows Character Map identifies the character by the standard Ruan). In China, the surname is found in Guangdong, in southern China. Some who bear the surname may have partial or distant Vietnamese ethnic ancestry (also known in China as the Gin ethnic minority). Geographic scope of East Asia East Asia is a subregion of Asia that can be defined in either geographical or cultural terms. ... A Chinese surname, also called a clan name or family name (姓, pinyin: x ng; or 氏, shi), is one of the over seven hundred family names used by Han Chinese and Sinicized Chinese ethnic groups. ... Chinese (written) language (pinyin: zhōngw n) written in Chinese characters The Chinese language (汉语/漢語, 华语/華語, or 中文; Pinyin: H nyǔ, Hu yǔ, or Zhōngw n) is a member of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. ... Cantonese (Traditional Chinese: 粵語; Simplified Chinese: 粤语, Cantonese: Yuet6yue5; Mandarin pinyin: Yueyu, Yụet (Guangdong) language) is one of the major dialect groups or languages of the Chinese language or language family. ... Mandarin, or Guanhua (Traditional Chinese: 官話; Simplified Chinese: 官话; pinyin: ; literally official speech), or Beifanghua (Traditional Chinese: 北方話; Simplified Chinese: 北方话; pinyin: â–¶(?)]; literally Northern speech) is a category of related Chinese dialects spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. ... Guangdong (Simplified Chinese: 广东; Traditional Chinese: 廣東; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Kuang-tung; Postal System Pinyin: Kwangtung or Canton Province, Jyutping: gwong2 dung1; Vietnamese: Quảng Đông), is a province on the south coast of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Gin, or Jing Nationality (京族; Pinyin: jÄ«ngzú) is the name given to ethnic Vietnamese living in China. ...


See also


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CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Betty Nguyen (439 words)
Nguyen has anchored during several breaking news events, including the death of Pope John Paul II in April 2005 and the London bombing attacks in July 2005.
Nguyen began her career as a morning anchor and reporter at KWTX in Waco, Texas.
Nguyen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.
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