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Can you name the 100 most common Chinese surnames?
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Correctly named surnames will show up below
Answers do not have to be guessed in order
Xinhua - Data as of 2006
Cantonese and Mandarin (plus other common spellings) OK.
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Top 100 Surnames (China) Quiz
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Sep 7th, 2011 at 07:28 GMT
Brilliant quiz! Did anyone else try 'Kodos' after guessing 'Kang'?
Sep 7th, 2011 at 15:57 GMT
Your quiz is a really good one, but when I looked at your link afterwards, I found that it's all in Chinese, which I can't read!
Sep 7th, 2011 at 17:13 GMT
Pretty much went through the menu of a Chinese restaurant in my head, then every consonant plus each vowel. Tough but good quiz. 5 globes.
Sep 7th, 2011 at 17:33 GMT
Cool quiz! I wonder though about a few of the spelling you are providing us. Shouldn't it be Song instead of Sung, Shi instead of She? Also, why provide the characters in traditional and not simplified Chinese?
Sep 8th, 2011 at 00:22 GMT
Pretty sure 'Shi' and 'Sung' are the pinyin transliterations of the two Chinese characters. And I'm in Hong Kong so I do traditional Chinese.
Sep 8th, 2011 at 13:10 GMT
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_Chinese_surnames As you can see, it's Song and Shi. Sung is the Wade-Giles version, not pinyin.
Sep 9th, 2011 at 06:40 GMT
Sorry about that. Fixed.
Game published: Sep 22nd, 2011 at 16:03 GMT
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 16:18 GMT
If seven years of grad school in statistics taught me anything, it's a lot of Chinese names. Korean, too.
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 16:26 GMT
General Tso shoulda had more kids.
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 16:33 GMT
I based almost all of my answers off of Dynasty Warriors, and got 75 of them!
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 16:41 GMT
this just felt so wrong, guessing stereotypical Chinese names, and then being right...
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 17:00 GMT
60. Not bad if you take into account I must have met Chinese people two or three times in my lifetime.
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 17:16 GMT
Hey, Wang! What's with the pictures? It's a parking lot, come on, we ya?
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 17:20 GMT
Great job being so flexible with the transliterations. I never would have guessed many of the answers that popped up in response to my alternate spellings.
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 17:36 GMT
I tried "Dong" as a joke, and what do you know, it worked.
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 18:28 GMT
Very well done!
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 18:42 GMT
More chins than a chinese phone book? I think not.
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 18:49 GMT
I felt really racist doing this quiz. I really knew maybe a handful (Ching, chang, chong, lee, chan, wong, ying, yang) were my first guesses. Then I somehow pulled 70 out of my butt, just kept combining x,z,t,s,d,n,m,l,y,w,j,p with a vowel or two and making them 3,4 or 5 letters...
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 19:01 GMT
Being sino-illiterate, I assumed it would be Lee with 100% guessed, and then steep drop-off to a long tail way down the percentage ladder. Surprised that Lee is so low at 85% and that the next dozen or so are all above 60%. I was happily shocked that I was able to guess over 40 (living in NY/Seattle something must have rubbed off) and owe a lot of that to the liberal name acceptance criteria. Sadly, looking at some I missed... I went to college with people with those names. Idiot. Rich Yu, you may kick my a$$ next time you see me.
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 20:34 GMT
This was easier than the Japanese one...
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 21:09 GMT
Huh! Are all Chinese last names only one syllable? I never noticed that.
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 22:09 GMT
With the combination of many alternate spellings accepted, and many consonants I randomly combined with vocals and common letter pairs/triplets (and incredible amount of luck) I unfathomably ended up with 94 guessed.
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 22:12 GMT
i just did stereotypical ones and got 36/100.
Sep 22nd, 2011 at 23:47 GMT
haha i just went down the alphabet inserting vowels after the first letter, then inserting a vowel+ n, then inserting a vowel +ng. 75, bingo.
Sep 23rd, 2011 at 01:24 GMT
For shame, I missed my own mother's maiden name.
Sep 23rd, 2011 at 05:30 GMT
*spoiler* They're all five or less letters
Sep 23rd, 2011 at 06:35 GMT
Thanks, Shenmue II.
Sep 23rd, 2011 at 20:51 GMT
Maybe a little too much time.
Sep 24th, 2011 at 16:41 GMT
This is the first quiz I've ever taken where the better I did, the more racist I felt.
Sep 26th, 2011 at 03:43 GMT
Sep 27th, 2011 at 20:13 GMT
No luck with "Schlong."
Sep 28th, 2011 at 03:41 GMT
@esoryma All Chinese characters are one syllable. Most family names are one character, but there are a few rare names that are two characters (Zhuge, Sima, Xiahou - as you can see they were a lot more common in the time that Dynasty Warriors was set)
Oct 5th, 2011 at 20:55 GMT
title - chinese source - japanese
Oct 8th, 2011 at 05:26 GMT
You can get really far with this quiz just mix-matching successful sounds.
Oct 23rd, 2011 at 22:42 GMT
@esoryma: Actually, not all family names are just one syllable. In places where Cantonese is a more common language, surnames like Oouyang and Xiahou are really common. But all characters are one syllable. Like my username. Lishan, in chinese would be "麗珊“ a sound for each character.
Oct 30th, 2011 at 17:50 GMT
I just put a consanant and than "ing" "ang" "ong" and "ung". I feel kinda racist doing this quiz but it got me 68/100 so not bad for a 14 year old Greek kid
Nov 22nd, 2011 at 04:07 GMT
No "Ming" or "汉 (Han)"?
Jan 16th, 2012 at 04:40 GMT
I got 42 just by guessing sounds that banging pots and pans together might make.
Jan 30th, 2012 at 23:30 GMT
Tip; try a letter followed by 'ang','ai","hen",
Feb 17th, 2012 at 20:49 GMT
Lin is the 17th!!!! Jeremy Lin's number? 17!
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