Before studying our next character related to 羊, we shall detour to examine some other Chinese characters first to prepare ourselves. The character today is 尹. What does it mean?
尹 can be dissembled to and丿. We already know that is drawing of a hand when we study 尽 | 盡 at https://xiongzou.blogspot.com/2016/11/learn-one-chinese-character-day_24.html.
What does 丿represents? not very clear, let us check whether any help we can get from its ancient scripts: (image taken from http://vividict.com)
|evolution history of 尹|
We have gotten he original representation of 尹: (someone) holding a scepter as a symbol of sovereignty or authority. 尹 is then used to mean the person with sovereignty or authority, like officers. For example an officer title 令尹.
It was a common practice for Chinese ancestors to adopt their official title as their new family name. And 尹 eventually became one of the popular 100 Chinese family names.
That is all for 尹, time to enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 尹 inside: