More Chinese use transliteration of Western names

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More Chinese are given names in western style or just direct transliteration of Western names, according to a survey on the use of Chinese language.

Such Western names as Lina, Lucy or Jenny are widely used in Chinese names with characters following English tones, according to the survey called “Language Situation in China: 2006” by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

It found that there were names putting first names after given names, contrary to the Chinese style with an opposite sequence. Some people even have English letters as A, B, C in their names.

The survey also found more than 60 million Chinese names carried rarely used characters, probably to avoid repetition or show peculiarity.

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