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Are animal names used as Chinese family names?

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From Wikipedia: "Of the thousands of surnames which have been identified from historical texts prior to the Han Dynasty, most have either been lost (see extinction of family names)[15] or simplified. read more

The family names above are from 百家姓 A Hundred Family Names, which is a simplified collection of Chinese family names used for children to remember. There might be more. Anyway there are not too many in total. read more

Although there are thousands of Chinese family names, the 100 most common, which together make up less than 5% of those in existence, are shared by 85% of the population. The three most common surnames in Mainland China are Li, Wang and Zhang, which make up 7.9%, 7.4% and 7.1% respectively. read more

As you begin to learn animal names in Chinese, you will notice that many of their names are quite literal. Similar to the “seahorse” example above, many animal names in Chinese noticeably describe some prominent feature about the animal. read more

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