(Lao, Lau, Liew, Liu, Loo, Low, Liou or Yu) is a common Chinese family name. The transliteration Liu can represent several different surnames written in different Chinese characters:

    <li>劉 / 刘, pinyin: Liú. A very common surname, as it was used by the ruling family of the Han Dynasty - a high point in the history of China.
  • 柳 pinyin: Liǔ in mandarin, Lau : Cantonese
  • 留 pinyin: Liú in mandarin, Lau : Cantonese
  • 六 pinyin: Liù in mandarin, Lyuk : Cantonese
  • Cantonese pinyin: Liu 6, Mandarin : Liao, Wu

In Vietnamese, the name can either take the form "Liễu" (in northern regions), corresponding to 柳 in Chinese, or "Lưu" (in central or southern regions), corresponding to 刘/劉 or 留 in Chinese. The family name 六 is "Lục" in Vietnamese. A few having Vietnamese-Chinese descent use the family name "Lao" while Indonesian-Chinese descent Latinise it according to Dutch pronunciation as "Lauw".

In Hakka, 刘/劉 is most commonly transliterated as 'Liew' while 廖 is written as 'Liau' or 'Liaw'. The other variants of the romanised surname 'Liu', i.e. 柳, 留 and 六, are uncommon among speakers of Hakka.

In Cantonese transliteration, 刘/劉 (Liú) is Lau, Lao is also transliteration of 刘/劉 in Min Nan and Taiwanese Minnan Chinese language, whilst Liu is a different surname, 廖, pinyin: Liào, ("Liêu" in Vietnamese).

Other articles related to "liu":

Liu Xiang - Career - Beijing Olympics
... Leading up to the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Liu bore national expectations of a repeat victory on home soil ... On August 18, Liu withdrew from the Olympic 110 metre hurdles ... Liu's coach, Sun Haiping addressed the media during a press conference and stated that the hurdler had been hampered by a tendon injury for six or seven years ...
Jin Zhun
... the Han Zhao emperor and his son-in-law Liu Can and then massacred the imperial Liu family ... squeezed in by the succeeding emperor Liu Yao and the general Shi Le, and, facing probable defeat, his followers assassinated him ...
Jin Zhun - During Liu Cong's Reign
... whose two beautiful daughters Jin Yueguang and Jin Yuehua were taken by the Han Zhao emperor Liu Cong (Emperor Zhaowu) as consorts ... Liu Cong, who was then starting the highly unorthodox practice of creating multiple empresses, creating Jin Yueguang as "Upper Empress" and Jin Yuehua as "Right Empress." That same year ... also mentioned that another daughter of Jin Zhun married Liu Cong's son, Liu Can, but the year is unknown ...
Jin Zhun - Coup Against Liu Can
... After Liu Cong died in summer 318, Liu Can succeeded to the throne, and proceeded to spend day and night committing adultery with his father's four surviving empresses -- one of which was Jin Zhun's daughter Jin ... Jin hatched a plan to overthrow Liu Can, and managed to persuade, with the help of his two daughters (Empress Dowager Jin and Empress Jin) that several imperial ... With Liu Can's approval, those imperial princes and high level officials were executed ...