A standard native Chinese name consists of two parts (or words in English), such as Mao Zedong, Yao Ming, Ouyang Zhongshi, Zhuge Liang;
The first word, a monosyllable Mao, Yao, or a disyllable Ouyang, Zhuge, is a family name;
And second one, also a monosyllable or disyllable (disyllable), is a given name, or a personal name.
Native Chinese names in this site include:
According to the number of words in the family name or given name, native Chinese names could be divided into 4 types:
|Common Family Name||Compound Family Name|
a NBA player.
an ancient statesman.
First President of R.P. China.
a modern calligrapher.
Zhuge Liang was a statesman and strategist in the period of the Three Kingdoms, now a symbol of wisdom in Chinese folklore.
According to a national standard, the following rules have to be followed when a native Chinese name is written in English.
Chinese Pinyin is the only right form of Chinese names in English;
The family name is on the first;
The given name is on the second;
A space is put between family name and given name;
The first letter of names are capitalized.
A native Chinese name consists of two parts. The first part is a family name, such as Mao, Yao, Ouyang, or Zhuge. And the second one is a given name, such as Zedong, Ming, Liang, or Zhongshi.
If a family name is a monosyllable, it is a common family name, while if a disyllable, it is a compound family name, because a Chinese character always is a monosyllable.
ditto given name.