Plum and Prune

From reader "Laura M.":

"Hi there, Congratulations for your blog. I just happened to come across it by means of, which provides interesting links to readers from all over on a daily basis. I was wondering if you could tell me what this tattoo means. It's my sister's, but it was me who paid for it because our parents wouldn't. I've always wondered what it means, and I'm dying to tell her. Whatever the meaning is, we're ready. Thanks a lot."

It is a common Chinese surname. According to Wikipedia, about 7.9 percent of the Chinese population is surnamed . As of 2002, there were approximately 103 million people in China and 108 million worldwide with this surname. To date, this remains the world's most common surname.

It also means "plum" or "prune". I am curious about why Laura's sister got this tattoo without fully understand what it meant.

= plum; judge; surname