Guest Post: What's Your Chinese Name Story? | Speaking of China

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  1. Julie Ni
    Julie Ni June 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm | | Reply

    My husband said to me immediately when I asked him what my Chinese name should be “Julie”. That’s my given name! He said its perfect. Ju- meaning gem or pearl and Li- pretty or beautiful. Go into an Asian market and likely the only English name you will see is Julie. It is a brand of biscuit. I love my Chinese name. Kong chose Feicui for our daughter that is still in utero. Feicui in English is Ajade. Best quality jade. Also, he says the A stand for American jade. It is hard not to adore my husband ????

  2. Holly Hollins
    Holly Hollins June 25, 2017 at 7:49 am | | Reply

    I definitely didn’t want to have the name of something like 霍利(huo li) or 荷莉 (he li). It was several years ago, about 5 or 6 years now. I had an internet friend give me the name “佳琪” (Jiaqi) because it sounds like 佳期. or a “good wedding day”. It kind of stuck with me.

    I chose the surname “唐” Tang. Because I love the Tang Dynasty and also shhhh I had a thing for Tang Yuzhe, the Taiwanese model and actor 😉 Then, after so many years of changing my surname, I’m 胡佳琪. The reason for my surname now is because of my gege, in which his surname is Hu. I used to be called 唐佳琪 for a few years, but last year after careful consideration, I’m a Hu. (it’s a long story why I changed my last name from Hu to Tang, then Hu again.)

    so, Hu Jiaqi is my name.

    Or…if we are good friends, or becoming friends, you can call me 佳佳!(Jiajia)

    如果你们叫我 佳佳,这让我很开心啊!calling me Jiajia makes me super happy regardless <3

  3. DAn Yeh
    DAn Yeh June 25, 2017 at 8:53 am | | Reply

    Looking at the issue of Chinese names from the point of being one of such a descent, I just see them as a way to create unique identification. All the hyperbole about wishing for sons to be “national heroes” or daughters to be graceful, flower like delicate etc fall by the wayside once the names are created, nor does anybody really bring up the subject of name related great expectations therefore. I guess when westerners look at the such a totally different departure from the simpler selection of generic John, Michael, Jane etc, romantic images can be conjured up.
    From a practical standpoint, the generic western names do make it easier to remember, especially for those of us who don’t have a knack in memorizing names after an initial introduction.
    Sorry for being such a spoiler.

  4. Mary
    Mary July 14, 2017 at 4:57 am | | Reply

    I love this post subject… and the content of the documentary! That’s pure brilliance! I also think the evolution of typography is fantastic, the modern forms of calligraphy and how they’re being incorporated into the digital world is really innovative and some of the best artwork around.

    There is so much meaning in a name, and I think every foreigner studying Chinese has a story to their ‘name.’

    My Chinese name was made with the help of my best Chinese friend, Z. I thought about a good last name that wasn’t common and I thought of Hai (海 – Sea). I asked Z if this was a common last name and she said no–but it wasn’t unheard of, she said it sounded like a hero’s name! Z suggested a flower would be fitting and thus my first name be 若兰 (like an orchid). So altogether it’s ‘hai ruo lan’…which sounds just like my last name in English (Halloran).

    What’s your Chinese name?

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