What does the name ‘Tzu’ mean in Chinese?

Sun Tzu wrote the Art of War.

Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching

Chuang Tzu wrote several Taoist proverbs that are commonly used still.

What does the name Tzu mean? Is it a title, or just a really common name, like Joe or Smith?

Asked here because of the loose connection to religion and also because I couldn’t think of a category that would be fitting for it…

6 Answers

  1. In Ancient Chinese Traditions and Customs, a highly respected and accomplished person in any field would usually be given a title after his death.

    In the literary field would be either Tzu (Zi) or Gong(公), and both titles are used to denote philosophers. For instance, we know Confucius is also called Kong Zi, which actually means Philosopher Kong.

    So in conclusion, the Tzu is actually a title and not a common name. The actual name of Lao Tzu is actually call Li Er (李耳)

    Hope the information helps!

  2. Title.

  3. Shih Tzus are a Tibetan breed – not Chinese!

  4. You should not try to translate this into English, since zi (tzu) has no meaning in an English sense. It simply makes their names 2 syllables long instead of one, thereby imparting to them a sense of honor.

  5. It means “Master.” An honorary title given to teachers and sages.

    *sigh* Since someone insisted on giving this a thumbs-down:

    “The first Taoist philosopher was a semi-mythical figure named Lao-Tzu. The suffix -tzu means “master” or “teacher” and the word Lao means “Old man.” Thus, Lao-Tzu simply means, “The Old Teacher.”

    http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/chinese_taoism.html

  6. Huh? I can’t understand you because of your poor English. You must learn to speak properly.

Relevant information

tzu in Chinese

How to pronounce “tzu””tzu” in a sentence

Examples
  • “all warfare is based on deception,” wrote the chinese analyst sun tzu around 500 b.c .公元前五世纪左右,中国的军事分析家孙子就曾写道:“兵不厌诈”。
  • Heidegger and lao tzu : kernel problems of thoughts海德格尔与老子思想的核心问题
  • Yan fu ‘ s modern explanation to lao tzu philosophy严复对老子哲学思想的近代解读
  • He ate so much tzung tzu that he became sick他因为吃太多粽子而感到身体不适
  • Sun bin ‘ s contribution to sun tzu ‘ s culture of military science孙膑对孙子兵学的贡献
  • On the golden mean and elimination of lao tzu ‘ s aesthetics论老子美学的守中论和涤除论
  • Zhuang – tzu philosophy and modernity试论庄子哲学与存在主义哲学的宇宙观
  • Plural : chuang – tzu ‘ s recognition of subjects ‘ value judgment庄子对主体价值评价观的认定
  • On interpretations of female metaphors in the lao – tzu老庄之自然现象学
  • Chuang tzu said : wait , and let me think庄子说: “等等,让我想一想。
  • More examples:  1  2  3  4  5
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