Taiwanese Family Names

It’s great to receive correspondence from people who share an interest in the Taiwanese language and it also helps me understand that there are actually people out there who find this site useful in some small way. I received a question yesterday from a graduate student in Australia regarding family names in Taiwanese and I thought that rather than provide a response to her exclusively I’d put the information up for everyone to see.

> List of Common Family Names in Taiwan

If any other readers out there have any other suggestions for content you would like to see on the site, I’ll be very happy to hear from you.

3 Responses to “Taiwanese Family Names”

  1. sjcma says:


    The link above provides a list of the most common Taiwanese family names starting with the most numerous one, Tân(陳). The list was based on research published in the 60’s that looked at the census data from 1956. Given that the flow of people between Taiwan and the Mainland has been negligble since 1949, one can safely assume that the list is probably still fairly accurate today.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for that, SJCMA. I’ll compare with my list and add any that are missing (when I get the time!).

  3. Rodney says:

    Still trying to decorate my family tree.

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