Chinese Last Names



One Hundred Chinese Names

The list of "Hundred Names" was compiled many years ago by order of the Emperor as the 100 most popular surnames (or last, or family names) in China at the time. School children used to memorize them, or at least the first few names from the list.

The top 8 Chinese last names are:

        Zhao    Qian    Sun    Li, 
        Zhou    Wu      Zheng  Wang.

In many Western countries, there is a short list of popular 'first names,' but countless 'last names.' In China, it is just the reverse. The list of last name is short, and the number of first names is in the billions.

This may be the reason that in Western countries, one customarily tell strangers one's first name ("My name is Bob.") Whereas in China, one generally give out his last name instead ("Just ask for Mr. Wang.")


The "Hundred Names" is coded in GIF version below.
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At the present time, there are perhaps more than 5,000 different Chinese names in the World. Some of them may be found in a recently published book.

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