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The concentration of surnames in certain areas in China is the result of "in-breeding", that phenomenon had stretched hundreds or even thousands of years. In the ancient past, the Chinese were clustered in small villages. Due to lacking means for transportation, the villages tended to be isolated from the outside world, to which the villagers had ...


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The migration history of all the major Chinese surnames is really out of the scope of an SE answer. You can read 百度百科 for each surname if you are really interested. For instance, https://baike.baidu.com/item/张姓/616988. (百度百科 is more detailed than Wikipedia on such topics.) On the other hand, isn't "certain surnames common in certain provinces?" ...


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If you are particularly interested in the historical distribution of the surnames, then you can view maps from the Chinese Biographical Database (CBDB). http://amap.zju.edu.cn/maps/?limit=20&offset=0&category__identifier__in=humanityhistory&title__icontains=CBDB You can compare them with some of the following modern-day distribution maps: https://...


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Is 海追远 "weird" sounding? Not weird, but certainly "unusual" For males, the traditional names tend to connote qualities like "intelligence", "strength", "bravery", "patriotism","wealth", etc., qualities all parents wish for their children to have. 追远, "to chase far", as a name may ...


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For your first question, there are about 48000 people whose surname is 海 in China, accounting for about 0.004% of Chinese total population. (This data comes from https://wenda.so.com/q/1591524650610065.) It is really a rare surname that I have not seen anyone surnamed 海 around me. For your second question, I do not know why your teacher told you it doesn't ...


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