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Chinese-Canadian Genealogy

Resources for Canadians of Chinese origin who wish to learn more about their personal connection to Chinese-Canadian history.

Chinese Names

Chinese names can be a challenging, complex subject that may have a significant impact on your research prospects.

In this section:

This section provides information on the traditional characteristics of Chinese names, the ways that they were sometimes transformed after arrival in Canada, and tips for searching indexes and records.

Traditions and Characteristics
Information on the traditional characteristics of Chinese names.

Chinese Names in Canada
Explores the ways that Chinese names were sometimes transformed after arrival in Canada.

Search Tips
Discover tips on searching indexes and records.

Provides a list of resources relating to Chinese names.


The Vancouver Public Library acknowledges the participation of the Chinese-Canadian Historical Society of B.C. and members of Vancouver's Chinese-Canadian community. Many individuals have contributed time, knowledge and ideas. We particularly thank Loretta Chow, Ray Chow, Gordon Mark, Trev Sue-a-Quan, Ed Wickberg, Larry Wong, May Yan-Mountain, Gail Yip, and Eleanor Yuen for their enthusiasm and support.

The Vancouver Public Library Trust was generous in providing the financial support necessary to develop and launch the initial phase of this website.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Library and Archives Canada, whose contribution has allowed us to expand and develop the content of the Chinese-Canadian Genealogy Website.