Native Chinese names in this site indicates:
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 the second one, also a monosyllable or disyllable (disyllable), is a given name, or a personal name.
One-word family name, one-word given name. eg. Yao Ming, in Chinese ). This name consists of two words. Yao is a family name with one word, and the last single word Ming is his given name. Over 95% Chinese family name only has one word.
Two-words (compound) family name, one-word given name. eg. Zhuge Liang, in Chinese ). Zhuge Liang was a statesman and strategist in the period of the Three Kingdoms, now a symbol of wisdom in Chinese folklore. The first two characters Zhuge compose his family name, a compound family name. And the last one Liang is his given name.
One-word family name, two-words given name. eg. Mao Zedong, in Chinese ). It is the name of Mao Zedong, the first President of China. The first character, Mao, is a family name with one character, and the last two words Ze and Dong make his given name.
Two-words (compound) family name, two-words given name. eg. Ouyang Zhongshi, in Chinese ). There are 4 characters in this name. Same as the above one, the first two characters Ouyang is a compound family name. And the last two characters Zhong and Shi form his given name.
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.