Wendi Deng Murdoch was born in Jinan, Shandong. She was raised in Xuzhou, Jiangsu. Her birth name was Deng Wenge (simplified Chinese: 邓文革; traditional Chinese: 鄧文革; pinyin: Dèng Wéngé), Deng, the family name, and Wenge meaning "cultural revolution. " She has two older sisters, and a brother, and both of her parents were engineers. When she was a teen she compressed her first name into "Wendi.