or ( or rarely ) is a common Vietnamese surname.[1] Vũ is used by Vietnamese who live in the north,[2] while Võ is used by Vietnamese who live in the south (from Quảng Bình Province to the south). The anglicized vũ has a noun meaning of "feather", and as a verb refers to the act of dancing, while the anglicized võ has a very different meaning, referring to military service, the art of fighting, wrestling or judo.[3]


  • Tuan Vo-Dinh (Võ Đình Tuấn) - Vietnamese biochemist, b. 1948
  • Võ Tòng Xuân - Vietnamese former university administrator, also known as Dr. Rice, b. 1940

Arts and Entertainment

  • Võ Hoàng Yến - Vietnamese supermodel, b. 1988
  • Tom Vu - Vietnamese-American poker player and former infomercial star, b. 1957


  • Võ Tánh - Vietnamese 18th century military commander, d. 1801
  • Võ Nguyên Giáp - Vietnamese 20th century military commander, d. 2013


  • Võ Chí Công - Communist party member and late 20th century President of Vietnam, d. 2011
  • Vũ Hồng Khanh - 20th century Vietnamese revolutionary opposing both French and Communist rule, d. 1993
  • Vũ Văn Mẫu - last Prime Minister of South Vietnam, d. 1998
  • Võ Hồng Phúc - retired Vietnamese communist politician, b. 1945
  • Hubert Vo (Võ Hubert) - Vietnamese-American Democratic politician, b. 1956
  • Võ Văn Kiệt (born Phan Văn Hòa) - late 20th century Prime Minister of Vietnam, d. 2008

See also


  1. ^ Biggs, David Andrew (2018). Footprints of War: Militarized Landscapes in Vietnam. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press. p. 207. ISBN 9780295743875.
  2. ^ Patrick, Hanks, ed. (2016). The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland. Oxford University Press. p. 2806. ISBN 9780192527479 – via Google Books (preview).
  3. ^ Giuōng, Phan văn; Hoà, Nguyễn Đình (2018). "vũ; võ". Tuttle Vietnamese-English Dictionary (2nd ed.). pp. PT974, PT965. ISBN 9781462919062 – via Google Books (preview).

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