China Decides to Solve its problem with having to much Wang
n a country of around 1.3 billion people, about 85 percent share only 100 surnames, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the Ministry of Public Security in April and published in the China Daily newspaper on Tuesday.
The survey found 92 million people shared the surname Li, while 88 million were called Zhang. A further seven surnames — including Chen, Zhou and Lin — are held by at least 20 million Chinese.
Another report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences found at least 100,000 people share China’s most popular name, Wang Tao.
Under a new draft regulation released by the ministry of public security, parents will be able to combine their surnames for their children, a move that could open up 1.28 million new possibilities, the China Daily reported.
For instance, a father named Zhou and mother named Zhu could choose to call their child either Zhou, Zhu, Zhouzhu or Zhuzhou, the report added.
This is what you get when you regulate names to closely