Encyclopedia: Cheng Yu

Cheng Yu (Zhongde); Ch‘êng Yü (Chung-tê); 程昱 (仲德)

You are here: [ Home –> Three Kingdoms History –> Encyclopedia –> Cheng Yu ]

Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Encyclopedia
You are viewing the profile of Cheng Yu (程昱), styled Zhongde (仲德), born in Dong’er, Dong County (Presently Yanggu County in Shandong Province). “Served Wei as an advisor. From Dong’e in Dongjun.” Cheng Yu was affiliated with and the Wei Kingdom. Return to the Three Kingdoms Encyclopedia to learn more or explore our Encyclopedia Directory to browse by kingdom or category.


Cheng Yu (Zhongde) 程昱 (仲德)

Lived: AD 142–221


Served: Wei

Served Wei as an advisor. From Dong’e in Dongjun.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ch‘êng Yü (Chung-tê)
Simplified Chinese: 程昱 (仲德)
Pronunciation: Cheng2 Yu4 (Zhong4de2)
Cantonese (Yale): Ching Yuk (Jung-dak)
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Cing Juk (Zung-dak)
Min-Nan: Thia Yok (Tiong-tek)

Birthplace: Dong’er, Dong County
(Presently Yanggu County in Shandong Province)

Other Names: Cheng Li

Name Notes: Cheng (程) Li (立) was his original name, he dreamed about the mount Tai Shan when he was young, holding the sun (日) with both hands. Hence Cao Cao changed his name to Yu (昱) [Cheng Yu]. As you can see the word of Yu is composed with the word ‘sun’ (日) and the word ‘stand’ Li (立), together they form the word of Yu (昱).

Rank and Titles

Prefect of Shouzhang; Chancellor of Dongping; Administrator of Jiyin; Area Commander of Yan; General Who Inspires Awe; General Who Displays Firmness; Adviser to Cao Pi’s Army Commandant of the Guards; Commandant of the Guards

Family and Relationships

Cheng Wu, Cheng Yan (Sons); Cheng Xiao (Grandson)

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 1012, 14, 16, 1925, 27, 3133, 36, 37, 4850, 56, 61, 92

Sanguozhi: Wei 14

Search Results

Was Cheng Yu a Chef for Wei?
Date: 04/16     Replies: 15
San Guo Related "Cheng Yu" (Sayings)
Date: 05/06     Replies: 34

Premium External Linkage

First class external must-reads. Enjoy!



Novel and History

Officers and Kingdoms

Literature and Language


April 10, 2023