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THE 100 Most Common Chinese surnames

 Intonations                                                                                                                        Meaning of Chinese Names

There are about four to five hundred words used as surnames. Over the centuries list of top 100 surnames "Baijiaxing" has been compiled and updated. (In reality more than 100 surnames are often listed).

The family name or surname is so important that when two Chinese get together, they introduce each other by (or seek to find out) the surnames, by saying ‘What is your surname?’ [xiansheng guixing] , rather than finding out their given names!

Due to the sheer population size and numbers, this listing would not have been too precise. It was not until recently, with the advent modern computers that it is possible to compile accurate data.

The Hereditary Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences, compiled a list of the most common surnames. The top one hundred surnames are tabulated in as follows. (Source: Xinhuahet 1 Oct 2006, www://news.xinhuanet.com/society/2006-01/10/content_4031873.htm.

Click on any word to view the characters in both simplified and traditional writings, pronunciation in pinyin as well as other dialects, as well as meanings of a particular word.

01–05 wang li   zhang liu chen
06–10   yang huang  zhao   wu zhou
11–15  xu sun zhu ma  hu
16–20  guo  lin he  gao liang
21–25 zheng luo song xie tang
26–30  han cao xu  deng   xiao
31–35  feng zeng cheng cai peng
36–40   pan yuan yu dong yu
41–45  su ye lv wei jiang
46–50 tian du ding shen jiang
51–55  fan jiang fu zhong lu
56–60  wang dai cui ren lu
61–65  liao yao fang jin qiu
66–70 xia tan wei  jia zou
71–75  shi xiong meng qin yan
76–80 xue hou lei bai long
81–85 duan    hao kong shao shi
86–90  mao chang wan  gu lai
91–95 wu kang he yan yin
96–100  qian  shi niu hong gong

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