More Chinese Kids Use Both Parents' Names

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CHONGQING, China -- Giving children both of their parents' last names is becoming increasingly popular in China as a result of the one-child policy, reports the Sing Tao Daily.

In a school in Chongqing city, Liu-Yang Yikuan and Yu Liang have slightly different names than their classmates: their names include the surnames of both of their parents, instead of just the father's name. Liu-Yang uses his father's surname, Liu, and mother's surname, Yang, as his surname. Yikuan is his first name. Yu Liang, meanwhile, uses his father's surname, Yu, as his surname, and his mother's surname, Liang, as his first name.

Yu said he knows a few other students in his elementary school with two surnames, and says the practice is not uncommon.

China's first generation of "only children" (those born after the one-child policy went into effect) are now getting married and having kids. But the Sing Tao reports that since each parent is the only child from his or her family, many maternal grandparents want their grandchildren to carry on their mother's maiden name. More and more parents who find it difficult to choose one name are now giving their kids both surnames.

Social studies expert Sun Yuanming from Chongqing said the practice of using both the father's and mother's surnames has always existed in China, but has become much more common today.