A 2006 survey of 296 million people in 1,110 counties and cities by the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that Li led the ranks of family names with about 7.4% of the population sharing the moniker.
But a recent analysis of household registration data covering nearly all of China’s population revealed that Wang is in fact the most common name in the country, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
It said data released by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security showed that 92.881 million mainland Chinese are called Wang--equivalent to nearly one-third of the total United States population.
Wangs make up 7.25% of China’s total population while those named Li account for 92.074 million, or 7.19%, it said.
Zhang is the country’s third most popular name with 87.502 million, or 6.83% of the total. The other names in the top 10 list are Liu, Chen, Yang, Huang, Zhao, Wu, and Chou, it said.