Encyclopedia: Cao Huan

Cao Huan (Jingming); Ts‘ao Huan (Ching-ming); 曹奐 (景明)

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Cao Huan (Jingming) 曹奐 (景明)

Lived: AD 246–303

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Served: Wei

Son of Cao Yu. Last Emperor of the Wei Dynasty. Abdicated to Sima Yan.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ts‘ao Huan (Ching-ming)
Simplified Chinese: 曹奂 (景明)
Pronunciation: Cao2 Huan4 (Jing3ming2)

Other Names: Cao Huang

Name Notes: Originally named Cao Huang (曹璜). An Emperor’s given name was ineffable. As such, it was stricken from use (sometimes changing city names and re-writing literature). Cao Huang changed his name to Huan to lessen the impact of this practice (learn more).

Family and Relationships

Cao Yu (Father); Cao Cao (Grandfather)

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 114, 118, 119, 120



Novel and History

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Literature and Language


April 10, 2023