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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Chinese

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Chi"nese"
Of or pertaining to China; peculiar to China.
noun Chi*nese"
  1. A native or natives of China, or one of that yellow race with oblique eyelids who live principally in China.
  2. sing.The language of China, which is monosyllabic.

Note: Chineses was used as a plural by the contemporaries of Shakespeare and Milton.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system
  2. A native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China
  3. Of or pertaining to China or its peoples or cultures ("Chinese food")
  4. Of or relating to or characteristic of the island republic on Taiwan or its residents or their language

Fun Facts about the name Chinese

  • When was the first name Chinese first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Chinese is Friday, January 8th, 1909.
  • How unique is the name Chinese? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Chinese. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Chinese: Your name in reverse order is Esenihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ienhces. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Chinese born Aug 12, 2009

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Turkey approximately on 750. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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).