Chinese Last Names

Last Names China

Traditionally, Chinese surnames precede a person's given name. Although, the more recent use of westernized names has led to a flip of surnames and given names.

Chinese last names are typically passed down from father to children, although they may not have started that way. Many early last names contain the character for woman. It is thought that early names were passed down from the mother.

Use the list below to find your last name and learn about its meaning and origins.

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Chinese Last Names