List of common Chinese surnames in Singapore

List of common Chinese surnames in Singapore

The following is a list of the most common Chinese surnames amongst the ethnic Chinese population in Singapore in the year 2000. Surnames are listed according to their romanised forms in different varieties of Chinese, hence similar surnames may be listed more than once despite representing the same Chinese character. For example, one single surname character, (Chén in Pinyin), is Tan in Hokkien and Chan in Cantonese, yet appears as two entries here. On the other hand, Wong can refer to the characters , or depending on the variety of Chinese, but are listed as a single entry. As Statistics Singapore notes, "Anglicised surnames have acquired their own unique connotative identity.[1]

Surname Number % of Chinese population
Written form[2] Chinese character Mandarin (pinyin)
Tan Chén 237,800 9.5
Lim Lín 166,000 6.6
Lee 112,600 4.5
Ng , or Huáng, or 106,200 4.2
Ong or Wáng or Wāng 66,700 2.7
Wong , or Wáng, Wāng, or Huáng 65,000 2.6
Goh 56,200 2.2
Chua Cài 54,600 2.2
Chan or Chén or Zēng 48,400 1.9
Koh 48,100 1.9
Teo Zhāng 46,800 1.9
Ang Hóng 43,600 1.7
Yeo Yáng 36,600 1.5
Tay Zhèng 35,800 1.4
Ho 35,000 1.4
Low Liú 31,600 1.3
Toh or or Zhuō 25,300 1.0
Sim Shěn 23,800 0.9
Chong or Zhuāng or Zhāng 23,100 0.9
Chia Xiè 22,600 0.9

Notes

  1. ^ "Popular Chinese Surnames in Singapore" web page at Statistics Singapore
  2. ^ Anglicised surname in Singapore based on pronunciation in the person's native variety of Chinese

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