Family name Yue is said to be the offspring of the "Si Yue" in the ancient times. "Si Yue" was an official title established by Emperor Yao and Emperor Shun during their reign.
The official was in charge of feudal lords far and near. As a matter of fact, the official was the chief of the lords, which shows "��Si Yue" was an important official status.
Surname Yue was formed by the official's offspring and hence the title was taken as surname.
Later, most of the Yue people lived in the Shanyang area in Shandong (northwest of today's Jinxiang in Shandong Province). There appeared influential families with the surname. In Yue family trees, the same paternal children were all named as Shanyang. With the passing of time, the Yue people gradually migrated to other places. Now the people with Yue family name are scattered all over China.
The most famous one among the Yue people is Yue Fei, the well-known general in the war against Jin's aggression in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). His saga has been widely known in the country. In addition, there was a clean and upright official in the Ming Dynasty named as Yue Xuan. Being a magistrate of Huzhou, he took good care of the local residents and offered preferential policies to them, so he was very popular among the ordinary people.
By People's Daily Online