What Is a Last Name With Chinese Ethnicity?


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One common surname associated with the Han ethnic group in China is Lǐ ( 李 ). The Han Chinese comprise approximately 91.6 percent of the Chinese population, as reported in a 2010 estimate by the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook.

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What Is a Last Name With Chinese Ethnicity?
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Aside from the Han Chinese, other officially recognized ethnic groups in China include the Zhuang, Manchu, Miao, Yi, Tibetan, Yao, Bai, Hani, Hui and Dai. Compared to over six million family names in the United States, only around 4,000 surnames are shared among the native Chinese people.

The full name of a Chinese person is typically written with the last name, or "xing," placed before the first name, or "ming." Other popular surnames in China include Wáng ( 王 ), Zhāng ( 张 ), Liú ( 刘 ), Chén ( 陈 ), Yáng ( 赵 ) and Zhào ( 赵 ).

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