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Re: Chinese family names (was Name mangling (Was: Re: First Sound Recording of Asha'ille!))

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Thursday, March 10, 2005, 8:30
On Wed, 9 Mar 2005 15:23:47 +0100, Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> wrote:
> Philip Newton wrote: > > > On Mon, 7 Mar 2005 22:16:59 +0100, Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote: > > > >>"Yuansun" looks like it could be a Chinese name. Is it? > > > > So it appears; Google for it and you'll see it appears in connection > > with a couple of Chinese family names. Pretty rare, though, if Google > > frequency is any indication. > > Iss there any online list of Chinese family names?
Yes. One such list is at ; click on "Chinese surnames" in the middle column of the main frame, in the section "Vocabulary". Another list is at .
> > And pronounce something like /jy@nsun/, I'd guess. > > [HAnsun]. [H@nsun] would be Yuensun.
There is, to the best of my knowledge, no syllable written |yuen| in Pinyin, which is what I thought we were using. Also, I think that [y]/[H] is followed by [E] (or [@]?), not [A], which is what can come after [u] -- compare, say, chuan and quan. Maybe you're thinking of Wade-Giles? I think it would be written "Yüen-Sun" there. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...> Watch the Reply-To!