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Mandarin Names

The Mandarin dialect is the national language of mainland China. However, most Chinese speak both the Mandarin dialect and the dialect of their particular province. For instance, in the province of Guangdong, people speak Cantonese and Mandarin. Mandarin and Cantonese use the same characters in their written system but many differ widely in the phonetic and tonal pronunciations. Consequently, a name or word may appear the same but sound quite different when spoken. When introducing someone or stating one's full name, the last name is said first.

The English writing systems for Chinese languages (dialects) attempt to make Chinese characters readable to foreigners. Wade and Giles Latinate spelling is used in Taiwan. Pinyin spelling is used on mainland China and is currently the internationally accepted system. Below are examples of Chinese last names using both spellings. these names are pronounced the same.

Wade Giles Pinyin
Shu Xu
Yee Yi
Lee Li
Chau Zhao
Kuo-lee Quo-li

 

To listen to the native Mandarin pronunciation of Chinese last names, select a name from the list below. First and last names, some with phonetic pronunciations only follow.

Last Names

 Last Names

 Last Names

Last Names

Ai Cai Cao Chen
Chi Deng Dai Ding
Duan Fan  Fang  Feng
Gao Gu  Guo  Han
He Hu  Huang  Jian
Jiang Jin  Lei  Li
Liang Lin  Liu Lu
Luo Ma  Mao  Mi
Pan Peng  Qi  Qian
Qiang Qin Qiu  Quan
Shen Shi  Si  Song
Su Sun  Tan  Tang
Wang Wei  Wu  Xi
Xiang Xie  Xu Yan
Yang Yu Yuan  Zhang
Zhao Zheng  Zhong Zhou
Zhu Zhuang 

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First Names

Mandarin (Wade Giles)

Last Names

Mandarin (Wade Giles)

Chien chee-en Chan chahn
Chiu cheeoo Chang chahng
Di dee Chen chuhn
Du-Wah doo wah Cheng chung
Fah fah Cheong chung
Fong fong Chin cheen
Jinho rinho Chou choh
Jong rong Chung chahng
Ki kee Fong fahng
Kwai kwai Ho hoh
Lai-Ching ly ching Hong hahng
Len len Hsu soo
Li-Li lee lee Huang whong
Liang lee ang Kao gow
Li-Kung lee kung Lee lee
Lin lin Liao leeow
Ling ling Liu leeyoh
Li-Sheng lee sheng Ma mah
Mei may Ouyang ohyahng
Riu ree oo Sheh shieh
Soon suhn Siah shiah
Sung sung Siung shung
Wah-Tai wah tahee Wong wahng
Wang wang Wu oo
Yung-Ling yung leeng Yang yang
Zhuo-Shing choh sheeng Yee ee
Yeh yieh
Yiu oo (rising intonation)
Yu oo
Yuan(Yuen) yooen

You can learn more about Chinese names at Wikipedia.

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updated June 22, 2005