85% of Chinese use 3-character names

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.

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