Differences between Chinese and English Surnames

Differences between Chinese and English Surnames

Differences between Chinese and English Surnames

1 Introduction

One of the most stable personal identities of human beings, a personal surname is the symbol of the distinction of the blood relationship, which is closely related to the religion, history and the tradition of a nationality and a component of the language and culture of a country. In the course of human history, Chinese and English Surnames have their own characteristics, but they may have something in common. By comparison and contrast, we will have a general understanding of Chinese and English Surnames from the origins, type of sources, meanings, forms, development and the causes of differences between Chinese and English surname

2 Comparison between Chinese and English surnames

There are some differences in origins, type of sources, meanings and forms between Chinese and English surnames.

2.1 Origins of surnames in Chinese and English

In China, the family names were originated from the matriarchal society of the ancient times, and owned a history of more than five thousand years. At that time, the family names were used to make a distinction among the different families as well as the different marriages in China. Therefore, it can be seen that family name was a symbol of the blood relationship all the time.

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