2007-12-12 — Good Characters (Leave a message)
New statistics from China:
More than 85 percent of China’s 1.3 billion people use 3-character names.
More than 160 million people have 2-character names.
About 2 million people have names of more than 4 characters.
The longest name found among Han Chinese reaches 15 characters.
Nearly 1,000 people have names with 10 or more characters.
Although they attempt to limit Han Chinese names to 6 characters, regulations allow ethnic minorities to use longer names in their native languages and transliterations in Chinese. The latter are required for formal documents.