Wang tops list of surnames
[ 2007-04-25 16:53 ]
If you've ever worried about running
into someone with the same name as you, then spare a thought for the
Wangs, Lis and Zhangs of this world, whose names have just been declared
the three most popular in the country.
Wang,Li and Zhang are the
three most popular surnames in
The results of a nationwide survey, released yesterday by the Ministry
of Public Security, show that there are some 92.8 million Wangs in China,
about 7.25 percent of the population, making it the nation's most popular.
Li came in second with 92.07 million (7.19 percent) and Zhang third
with 87.5 million (6.83 percent).
Aside from the top three, the survey found that a further seven names
are each used by more than 20 million people: Liu, Chen, Yang, Huang,
Zhao, Wu and Zhou.
Twelve more have between 10 million and 20 million owners: Xu, Sun, Ma,
Zhu, Hu, Guo, He, Gao, Lin, Luo, Zheng, Liang.
The most common 100 names account for 84.77 percent of the population,
which is about 1.3 billion.
The ranking was conducted according to the national household
registration system, which includes ethnic minorities, but excludes Hong
Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Du Ruofu, a retired researcher from the Chinese Academy of Sciences
said: "As the first national survey of surnames, the results are
Du published a book on Chinese surnames, the genetic differences
between people from North and South China and Chinese linguistics in 1992.
"The new survey is more accurate because of its larger scale," Du said,
comparing it to his own research conducted in 1987, which was based on a
sample of about 500,000 people.
In Du's research, Li, Wang and Zhang again held the top three spots,
accounting for 7.9 percent, 7.4 percent and 7.1 percent of the population,