How do you write names in Chinese?

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According to Pinyin Info, Chinese personal names are written with the surname first and the given name second. Traditionally, most surnames and first names each contain one syllable. Some Han Chinese women choose to use both their husband's surname as well as their own. Non-Chinese names are often abbreviated because most Chinese first names are monosyllabic. The names can be written in characters or Pinyin.

Pinyin is the phonetic system of writing that is used to transcribe Chinese characters to the Latin alphabet. In the international context, it is common to remove tone markers in names as well. Pinyin Info also notes that most modern surnames have two syllables, and most first names still contain one. People's Daily Online states that Chinese names are meant to convey special meaning, with the given names often expressing the best of wishes on the new-born. In regards to surnames, People's Daily Online notes that the most popular three surnames in China are Li, Wang and Zhang. There are about 270 million Chinese people who use one of these top three surnames. It is also not uncommon for children to use their mother's surname or a combination of both their father's and mother's surnames.

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