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Context: my Chinese course uses a series of books (called 'Integrated Chinese') in which the following are among the most commonly used names:

  • 王朋
  • 李友
  • 高文中
  • 白英愛

It makes me wonder how common these names are in real life? Thanks for clarifying!

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  • I saw those names frequently when I first began learning but I've never read that book. I think maybe those names are from the HSK word list Sep 20 '20 at 14:04
  • The HSK lists don't have any names of people in them.
    – Olle Linge
    Sep 20 '20 at 18:46
  • In that case I don't know what I was doing that those names kept showing up in but I've never seen that book Sep 20 '20 at 21:16
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    I don't actually know, but they combine extremely common family names with characters that beginners learn very early, so they are, in a sense, the easiest names you can think of. When I create learning materials for beginners, I do the same thing. I start with family names that are common and are useful for some reason, then create personal names with characters they need to learn anyway. I would guess (conjecture) that this is what the authors of the textbook did as well.
    – Olle Linge
    Sep 21 '20 at 16:06
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As a chinese,I have never seen these chinese names in real life . The common names in china are 张伟,李明,王伟,李伟,张敏 et enter image description here

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王朋 and 李友 sounds like 'Tom' and 'Joe' in English.

高文中 is not as common as the two above.

白英愛 sounds like a Korean name to me, very fashionable, There is a Korean pop star called 李英爱, as I know Chinese people do not tend to use 爱 in their name in old tradition.

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王朋: super common name

李友: sounds like a regular name, but I never see this given name in real life

高文中: a regular name. 文 is a very common character to put in the middle

白英愛: 爱英 is a very common girl's given name. 英 means flower here. 英爱 could be its less common alteration.

Give you some statistics:

王朋:20373人
李友:46353人
高文中:96人
李文中: 635人
白英愛:5人
白爱英:76人
李爱英: 2089人

You can use 同名同姓查询 to get an idea of how often a name is used. It is not accurate but can give you some ideas. Some times you may want to change the family name to 李 (or another super big family name) to detect the frequency of a given name.

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