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  1. well… Liu is Liu Wen’s surname. Wen is her first name. The Chinese naming order is first name last and surname first.

    Chinese people who only have one character(i.e. one syllable) in their name , when translating their names in latin alphabet, usually don’t change their naming order. For Example, Du Juan , Gong Li and Liu Wen, where Du, Gong and Liu are their surnames. However, Sui He is an exception, He is her surname.

    Moreover, Chinese name usually contains two Characters (also two syllables) like Xiao Wen and Shu Pei. In these cases, Xiao Wen and Shu Pei are their whole first name. Wen and Pei are NOT their middle names. So it’s weird to call them Xiao and Shu.

    For those who have two characters in their names, they usually are more willing to adopt the western order, like Fei Fei Sun, Xiao Wen Ju and Shu Pei Qin.

    Finally, Ming is not Ming Xi’s name at birth. Her real Chinese name is Xi Mengyao. I think Ming is her model/stage name, let people remember her more easily.