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China

First Name
5k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
813
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name China mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of China

"China" is a name of English origin, and it means "From China". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chi"na
Senses
  1. A country in Eastern Asia.
  2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See Porcelain.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. High quality porcelain originally made only in China
  2. Dishware made of high quality porcelain
  3. A communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
  4. A government on the island of Taiwan established in 1949 by Chiang Kai-shek after the conquest of mainland China by the Communists led by Mao Zedong
Wiktionary

From Latin China, from Persian چینی (čini, “Chinese; porcelain”), compound of چین (čin, “China”) and the adjective-forming suffix ـی (-i, “-y”), from Middle Persian 𐭰𐭩𐭭 (čīn, “China”), and perhaps ultimately from Sanskrit चीन (cīna, “the Chinese; China”) of uncertain etymology. It is usually thought to be derived from (Qín, “Qin, Middle Chinese: /d͡ziɪn/, Old Chinese: /*zin/”), the westernmost ancient Chinese state, but other theories have been proposed, including derivation from (jìn, “Jin, Middle Chinese: /t͡siɪnH/, Old Chinese: /*ʔsins/”), (jīng, “Jing”), or the Zina of 夜郎 (Yèláng, “Yelang”). See "Names of China" at Wikipedia.

  1. A nation or civilization (中華) occupying the country around the Yellow, Yangtze, and Pearl Rivers in East Asia, taken as a whole under its various dynasties and inclusive of Taiwan.
  2. The principal state in this country (中國), internationally recognized as the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国) since the 1970s.
  3. (obsolete) A Chinese person.
  4. (obsolete) Alternative form of cheyney: woollen stuff; items made or filled with cheyney.
  5. (botany) Short for China rose: various flowers.
  6. (botany, beverages) Short for China tea.
  7. (rhyming slang) Alternative form of china: a mate, a friend.
  8. (rare) A female given name.
  9. Towns in Maine and Texas in the United States.
  10. A town in Nuevo León in Mexico.

China was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Asturian, Dutch, German, Indonesian, Interlingua, Malay, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Swahili

Notable Persons Named China

China Anne McClain is a singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer. She has been prominent since 2005. China was born on August 25th, 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

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China Miéville is a fantasy, steampunk, new weird, and weird fiction writer and novelist. He holds the title Bookbits radio talks about Embassytown. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. China was given the name China Tom Miéville on September 6th, 1972 in Norwich, England, UK.

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China Kantner is a famed somebody. Her career lasted from 1994 to 2001. China was given the name China Wing Kantner on January 25th, 1971 in San Francisco.

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China Chow is an actress, model, actor, and model (people). China was born as the child of Michael Chow (restaurateur) and Tina Chow in London.

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China White is a famous person.

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China Forbes is a singing and songwriter. China was born on April 29th, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name China

Edd China is an inventor, mechanic, presenter, invention, and television presenter. Edd was given the name Edward John China on May 9th, 1971.

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China is a soccer player for the Nea Salamis Famagusta FC, Sporting Clube de Portugal, S.C. Farense, C.D. Beja, C.D. Fátima, F.C. Maia, Associação Naval 1º de Maio, C.F. Os Belenenses, FC Metalurh Donetsk, and Ermis Aradippou. China was born on April 15th, 1982 in Beja, Portugal. China is also known as Gonçalves and João Pedro Santos.

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Bruno China is a soccer player for the Leixões S.C., RCD Mallorca, Rio Ave F.C., Associação Académica de Coimbra – O.A.F., and C.F. Os Belenenses. Bruno was born on August 5th, 1982 in Matosinhos. Bruno is also known as Rodrigues Silva and Bruno Manuel.

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José Luis González China is a soccer player for the Coras F.C., Deportivo Neza, Atlante F.C., Club León, Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz, Club Atlas, and Mexico national football team. José was born on June 3rd, 1966 in Mexico City.

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Fabio China is an athlete for the C.S. Marítimo B.

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How popular is the baby name China in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1885 5 5 0
1888 5 5 0
1900 7 7 0
1904 5 5 0
1905 7 7 0
1906 5 5 0
1908 8 8 0
1909 5 5 0
1910 8 8 0
1913 6 6 0
1914 9 9 0
1915 9 9 0
1916 10 10 0
1917 12 12 0
1918 7 7 0
1919 10 10 0
1920 7 7 0
1921 7 7 0
1922 13 13 0
1923 8 8 0
1924 5 5 0
1925 17 17 0
1926 7 7 0
1927 10 10 0
1928 7 7 0
1929 10 10 0
1930 7 7 0
1933 8 8 0
1934 11 11 0
1935 6 6 0
1936 8 8 0
1937 13 13 0
1938 5 5 0
1940 8 8 0
1941 6 6 0
1942 9 9 0
1943 6 6 0
1944 5 5 0
1945 6 6 0
1946 5 5 0
1947 9 9 0
1948 5 5 0
1949 6 6 0
1951 5 5 0
1952 12 12 0
1953 6 6 0
1954 15 15 0
1955 9 9 0
1956 6 6 0
1957 12 12 0
1958 10 10 0
1959 9 9 0
1960 14 14 0
1961 10 10 0
1962 16 16 0
1963 7 7 0
1964 10 10 0
1965 17 17 0
1966 11 11 0
1967 8 8 0
1968 14 14 0
1969 19 19 0
1970 20 20 0
1971 27 27 0
1972 17 17 0
1973 25 25 0
1974 29 29 0
1975 29 29 0
1976 37 37 0
1977 46 46 0
1978 45 45 0
1979 47 47 0
1980 65 65 0
1981 61 61 0
1982 52 52 0
1983 53 53 0
1984 50 50 0
1985 44 44 0
1986 66 66 0
1987 87 87 0
1988 109 109 0
1989 148 148 0
1990 163 163 0
1991 192 192 0
1992 245 245 0
1993 222 222 0
1994 200 195 5
1995 186 186 0
1996 190 190 0
1997 229 224 5
1998 194 194 0
1999 156 156 0
2000 151 151 0
2001 92 92 0
2002 64 64 0
2003 54 54 0
2004 53 53 0
2005 46 46 0
2006 51 51 0
2007 42 42 0
2008 44 44 0
2009 39 39 0
2010 52 52 0
2011 57 57 0
2012 46 46 0
2013 44 44 0
2014 34 34 0
2015 33 33 0
2016 33 33 0

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Popularity of China as a first name

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Popularity of China as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity China U.S.
  White 17.47% 64.26%
  African American 48.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 13.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.98% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 14.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name China

People with the last name China are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name China

  • How Popular is the name China? China is the 3,973rd most popular name of all time. As a last name China was the 29,138th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name China have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,511 babies born with the first name China in the United States. That's more than enough people named China to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named China? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was China first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name China is Thursday, February 1st, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named China born? The highest recorded use of the first name China was in 1992 with a total of 245 babies.
  • Random China Factoid: According to the 1991 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name China is not a popular baby girl's name in Maryland. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1991.
  • Weird things about the name China: Your name in reverse order is Anihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nicha. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name China? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 813 people with the last name China.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of China? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with China as their last name since less than 1 person in 357k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.