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Strange Surnames (as in not too common)


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10 hours ago, imron said:

it's likely to be different from the standard pronunciation (see 曾、单 etc).

Just to confuse things even further, 现代汉语规范词典 mentions...


注意 “单(shàn)”和“单(dān)”是两个不同的姓。


I think surname 单 Dān must be pretty rare though.

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I've had that name in my current translation and went for Shan. It's been adapted for TV so I suppose I could check the pronunciation through that but I'll take my chances.

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On 10/26/2007 at 3:52 AM, LiYuanXi said:

I have a friend with the surname 龚. It's an official surname but it's not so common.

13 years later, I come across your friend in a translation. Or someone else of the same surname. 

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Those surnames comprising two words (aka 复姓) instead one are quite rare. Examples include 欧阳 (Ouyang), 上官 (Shangguan), 令狐(Linghu)。

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卞 is one of the worst surnames you can have in China. Found it in a zhihu article about bad sounding Chinese names.

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