Families and Clans

The most popular family names in Greater Manchester are Yip (sometimes written Ip, Yap, Yapp or Ye), Chan, Lee (Li), Cheung, Pang and Tang.


The Yip clan has influenced Manchester in many ways and is very important in Chinatown. The family includes the Wing Yip supermarket's owner and the Chi Yip and Kwok Man restaurants. They started their business in Chinatown in the 1970s and expanded there. There are Wing Yip supermarkets in several of the major cities in the UK.

The Yip clan comes from the Lin Ma Hang village in the Sha Tau Kok area of Hong Kong and is situated north of the New Territories next to the Shenzhen River. The village is located in the Frontier Closed Area and is currently only accessible to permit holders. Families originating from the village are Yip, Lau, Sin and Koon (Kwun), although nowadays, most families are Yip. Li Ma Hang is named after a fruit called Lin Ma that can be found at the mid-stream level. The village sits within a basin called Robin's Nest (meaning red flower bridge), which is famous for the many hanging-bell flowers found there around the Chinese New Year.

On December 8th 2008, the first Christmas party was organised by the Yip clan at the Chi Yip Restaurant, Middleton. Four hundred clan members gathered together to make the biggest-ever Chinese community party in the UK. Some clans had not met up since they left their hometown during the 1950s and 60s.




Pang and Lee

The Pang family Association encompasses members from 11 villages in the Shun Wan area, Tai Po, Hong Kong. The Chair of the association is Lee Fong Fuk. In 2009, a party was held at the Kwok Man Restaurant to launch the group's formation.



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