ChineseNames {ChineseNames}R Documentation

ChineseNames: Chinese Name Database 1930-2008


A database of Chinese surnames and Chinese given names (1930-2008). This database contains nationwide frequency statistics of 1,806 Chinese surnames and 2,614 Chinese characters used in given names, covering about 1.2 billion Han Chinese population (96.8% of the Han Chinese household-registered population born from 1930 to 2008 and still alive in 2008). This package also contains a function for computing multiple features of Chinese surnames and Chinese given names for scientific research (e.g., name uniqueness, name gender, name valence, and name warmth/competence).


Details are described in


Bao, H.-W.-S. (2023). ChineseNames: Chinese Name Database 1930-2008. R package version 2023.8.

Bao, H.-W.-S., Cai, H., Jing, Y., & Wang, J. (2021). Novel evidence for the increasing prevalence of unique names in China: A reply to Ogihara. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 731244. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.731244


This database does not contain any individual-level information (so it does not leak personal privacy). All data are at the name level or character level. Extremely rare characters are not included.


This database was provided by Beijing Meiming Science and Technology Company (in collaboration) and originally obtained from the National Citizen Identity Information Center (NCIIC) of China in 2008.

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