Hundreds or thousands of Chinese family names have been historically used by Han Chinese and Sinicized Chinese ethnic groups in mainland China, Taiwan, and among overseas Chinese communities. In ancient times two types of surnames, family names and clan names, existed. The colloquial expressions laobaixing (老百姓; lit. "old hundred surnames"), and bǎixìng (lit. "hundred surnames") are used in Chinese to mean "ordinary folks", "the people", or "commoners. More information...
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