Assignment: Who are these famous Chinese or famous people of Chinese decent
Find a famous person who has a Chinese character name, list the person’s name in English or other languages (if any), and his or her Chinese name in Characters (and in Pinyin). You can use Google Translate to get the Pinyin with tones. You should also include a short bio about the person. (See example posted below. Note that the famous person could be of any nationality.) Do not repeat what your classmate has posted. (For example: Bruce Lee, Yo -Yo Ma, Ni Na, Jet Li, Jason Wu, and Amy Tan.)
Chinese Names (http://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/chinese)
A modern Chinese usually has (1) a surname (“family name”) or xìng 姓 and (2) a given name (“first name” or “Christian name”), or míng 名 (or míngzi 名字), always in that order. Thus Dèng Xiǎopíng is Mr. Dèng with the personal name Xiǎopíng the same way John Jones is Mr. Jones with the personal name John. Some Chinese writers in English reverse the order and put the family name last in order to conform to English usage: Xiaoping Deng. This confuses things when the surname and given name are not distinctive enough to be able to be sure which is which.
Traditionally, Chinese could assume additional names at other times in their life. These include the zì 字 (called a courtesy or style name), acquired upon reaching maturity, and the hào 號 (called an art name), a self-selected nickname.
Nearly always the family name (surname) is one-syllable long. The only common modern surnames that are two-syllables long are Ōuyáng and Sīmǎ. Occasional people have two surnames, usually written in English as two words: Wáng Xú.
Chinese given names usually consist of two syllables, though it is also possible to use only one. Those syllables can be any of the thousands of Chinese characters so the combinations are almost limitless. In practice some characters are chosen more often than others, such as Mei “beautiful” for girls. Sometimes the first character of the given name is shared by all members of a generation in a family (siblings, cousins, etc).