The meanings in a Chines name are reflected in the combination of the characters , which are influenced either by elements of culture or era. Unlike in a western name , the family name in a Chinese name comes before the first name. There are also meanings in a Chinese name.Usually the cultural influence is stronger in the characters for family names , Any character that has the particle that means woman suggests its traces back to the matriarchal society. Some family names originated either in official titles or occupation or in animals of worship. A few others come from numbers.