Is Your Last Name Popular Enough to Be on the Map?

Ever wondered just how common your last name is? Well, the folks at National Geographic are offering up this super fascinating map that allows you to zoom in on different areas of the country and see what the most common surnames are and what their probably provenance is. It's fascinating to see not only the effects… » 3/25/12 10:30pm 3/25/12 10:30pm

China Decides to Stops Giving Orphans the Last Names 'State' and 'Party'

China has issued a new rule that will make life easier for the tens of thousands of children that grow up in its orphanages. Up until now, it was common practice for orphanages to give their children surnames either based on the place that they were abandoned or to give them generic names like "Guo" or "Dang," which… » 2/13/12 1:30pm 2/13/12 1:30pm