Quarter 3/2013


Chinese Last Names

The Chinese tradition of carrying last names was originated during the ancient tribal civilization when there were two main clans – Huang Ti and Yian Ti. The word, “Sae” or “Sing,” is the combination of two words – women and birth – confirming the anthropology theory that female was once superior in the ancient time. Later, Chinese last names evolved. Some people used the name of their village, city or state. Some used the name of their father or grandfather, the title of their ancestors, or their profession.

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