What's in a Name

Every Chinese family name has its own cultural origin that can be traced back thousands of years. In this column, Shanghai Daily introduces the biggest Chinese family names and their histories.
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Royalty and fame source of Cen name

There are an estimated 576,000 people in China with the surname Cen. It ranks the 235th Chinese family name in terms of the population.
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The Lian: a family of many tribes

There are an estimated 0.19 million people surnamed Lian in China, ranking the 290th in terms of population. Lians account for about 0.012 percent of the population.
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Fei: a noble and honored name

There are an estimated 480,000 people surnamed Fei, accounting for 0.034 percent of the population in China. It ranks the 199th Chinese family name in terms of population. 
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Tang: Tale of breaking the hat tassel

Tang, a popular surname, ranks the 18th most common family name in China.
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Bao: a long history of righteousness

There are an estimated 670,000 people surnamed Bao, accounting for 0.054 percent of the total population in China. Bao ranks the 179th most common Chinese family name.
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Liu, a name patronized by Confucius

There are an estimated 1.14 million people surnamed Liu, accounting for 0.09 percent of the total population in China. Liu is the 133th-most-common surname in China.
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Yuan: A people of diverse heritage

There are an estimated 7 million people surnamed Yuan, comprising 0.54 percent of the total population in China, ranking it the 37th most common surname.
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4 major sources of Yu family name

There are an estimated 1.4 million people surnamed Yu in China. They are ranked 119th in terms of population. Yu accounts for about 0.12 percent of the total population.
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Majority of Fangs come from Anhui

THERE are an estimated 4.1 million people surnamed Fang in China, ranked 63rd in terms of population. Fangs account for about 0.33 percent of the total population.
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Military prowess a strength of Huas

THE origins of the surname Hua have a few branches in different regions in China. 
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