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Asian Last Names in the United States

Try to name the most common last names for Asian-Americans, according to the 2000 census.
Some of these names use the same Chinese character. This quiz is based on English spelling
Last updated: April 09, 2017
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# Asians
Ethnicity
Name
298,000
Vietnamese
Nguyen
229,000
Chinese
Lee
183,000
Korean
Kim
133,000
Indian
Patel
130,000
Vietnamese
Tran
101,000
Chinese
Chen
88,000
Chinese
Wong
74,000
Chinese
Le
69,000
Chinese
Yang
64,000
Chinese
Wang
# Asians
Ethnicity
Name
63,000
Chinese
Chang
60,000
Chinese
Chan
57,000
Vietnamese
Pham
56,000
Chinese
Li
54,000
Korean
Park
54,000
Indian
Singh
47,000
Chinese
Lin
46,000
Chinese
Liu
44,000
Chinese
Wu
43,000
Chinese
Huang
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level 81
Apr 9, 2017
The Vietnamese were the hard ones for me, apart from the most common name. I surprised myself pretty much by guessing the Indian names and all but one Chinese. Missed a Korean one too.
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level 63
Apr 9, 2017
I just thought of the 2 Korean dictators, Chung Hee and Jong-Un
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level 60
Feb 16, 2018
Come on, dude. Park Chung Hee may have been a hardline figure but he wasn't a dictator. I know this is a contested issue but to group him with the DPRK's Kim dynasty sucks.
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level 48
Feb 16, 2018
@Jamesgoatcatcher, I think you're definitely a dictator if your regime steals elections, detains and tortures people for owning "forbidden" books, picks up homeless people off the street to use as slave labor, and even executes people for merely mentioning the names of certain dissident groups during phony "emergencies". But what can you expect from someone like Park Chung-hee (or his preferred name in the early 1940s, Takagi Masao) who willingly served the Japanese occupiers during one of Korea's darkest hours?
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level 73
Apr 9, 2017
No Filipinos? Or do the Spanish last names not count despite being Asian?
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level ∞
Apr 9, 2017
Guess not. The stats adjust for race so I assume they are accurate. For example, about 600,000 people in the U.S. have the last name Lee, but only about 229,000 of them are Asian.
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level 73
Apr 12, 2017
Ok then. Judging from the few Filipinos I've come across, they do seem to have more diverse last names than other Asians.
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level 76
Feb 16, 2018
There are tons of Filipinos in the USA, more than the numbers from any of these other countries I think, but like Djilas said they have much more variety in their last names. The surname Nguyen is more common in Vietnam than any single surname from any other country. In South Korea, more than half the population has one of three last names (Kim, Lee, or Park/Pak). The most common last name in the Philippines is DelaCruz and only something like 3% of Filipinos have that name.
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level 73
Apr 9, 2017
I felt really racist taking this quiz. I didn't know most of them so I just started typing random "Chinesy" names...made me feel all dirty inside.
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level 70
Oct 18, 2017
If guessing names like Wong and Wang and Lee and Kim and Patel makes you feel racist, then you have the wrong idea of what racism is. There's a reason these names come quickly to mind and it has nothing to do with looking down upon or feeling superior to other races or nationalities. It's because...they are common.
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level 61
Feb 17, 2018
I don't think that was his point. Like many other people I assume, I eventually had to resort to typing random Asian-sounding words, like "Ching", Chong", "Chang".
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level 69
Apr 9, 2017
I live in China, but really struggled with the Chinese names. I managed to get most of the Mandarin ones (a bit surprised Zhang/Zhou weren't there), but the non-Mandarin names/names that aren't based on modern pinyin/romanisation were tough.
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level 78
Apr 11, 2017
Lee is also Korean surname.
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level 76
Feb 16, 2018
Yes. I'm guessing most of those Lees are Korean, not Chinese.
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level 59
Feb 16, 2018
Easiest way to remember Korean names : Lee-Kim-Park (metal band)
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level 27
Feb 16, 2018
Fun fact it is against Korean tradition to marry another person with the same last name, which makes it hard when the three largest groups: Kim, Lee and Park, make up over 50% of the population.
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level 38
Feb 17, 2018
The tradition (and until the late 1990s the law) was that Koreans couldn’t marry someone from the same “clan.” If two people had the same surname but were from different clans, e.g. an Andong Kim wanted to marry a Gimhae Kim, that was fine. What was traditionally prohibited was an Andong Kim marrying another Andong Kim. Given that their last common ancestor could have been many generations ago, and that the system was entirely patrilineal so it was legal to marry close maternal relatives, it was a pretty ridiculous system - but not quite as ridiculous as not being able to marry someone with the same surname in a country where most of the population is a Kim, Lee, or Park.
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level 68
Feb 16, 2018
As someone who goes to a top US university and therefore knows a lot of Chinese people, some of these stats surprise me. I know at least 5 Wangs but I've never met a Lee or a Wong
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level 75
Feb 16, 2018
Are people from, for example, Israel or Saudi Arabia considered Asian-Americans?
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level 49
Feb 16, 2018
Surprised Smith is not on this list.
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level 35
Feb 16, 2018
Fun quiz! May I ask why Huang and Wong have their own boxes? They're the same thing.
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level 50
Apr 24, 2018
The English spellings are different, so they are assumed to be different names.
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level 67
Feb 28, 2018
I wonder why there are so many Patels in the USA and UK but not Australia? Plenty of Singhs here, but I don't know any Patels. (5057 vs 609 according to one site)
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level 43
Oct 10, 2018
What is it about the "Nguyen" obsession among vietnamese?