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#1 floridagirl

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:49 AM

My husband is Chinese and I'm American.  Our baby is due in March.  We are trying to find a baby name that has a nice meaning in Chinese, but sounds good and is easy to pronounce in English.  We need to think of both girl and boy names, since our little one's gender is going to be a surprise.  For a boy, I like the name Kai, but he doesn't because he has a cousin with that name who is the blacksheep of the family.  Any suggestions?

#2 Gudrun

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:16 AM


Yin (love this!)
Wen (Weni)


#3 debut dad

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:25 AM

I understand the tradition and trying to keep some of the roots of the family entrenched in the name, but have you considered choosing an English name and a separate Chinese name?

My son's name is Jayden (not very Chinese at all), but we also chose a Chinese name for him, although that isn't officially on his birth certificate, his grandparents call him by his Chinese name (which like others have said, isn't necessarily easily translated to English) and my wife and I do so occasionally as well.

#4 kpingitquiet

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

Most of my Asian friends (mixed and 100%) have a western first name and Asian middle name. Not sure if that helps original.gif

#5 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

QUOTE (debut dad @ 29/01/2013, 10:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I understand the tradition and trying to keep some of the roots of the family entrenched in the name, but have you considered choosing an English name and a separate Chinese name?

My son's name is Jayden (not very Chinese at all), but we also chose a Chinese name for him, although that isn't officially on his birth certificate, his grandparents call him by his Chinese name (which like others have said, isn't necessarily easily translated to English) and my wife and I do so occasionally as well.

This is what we did for my son. He has an Angloish name and then a separate Chinese name which my grandmother and Chinese family call him.

#6 Fright bat

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:48 AM

Our kids have 'ethnic' first names (from their 'ethnic' mother) and 'Western' surnames (from their 'Western' father). If my surname had been shorter, we would equally happily have given them an ethnic surname and a Western first name.

Personally I think it's important to acknowledge their mixed heritage in their names. I don't think having an unrecorded and unused 'ethnic' name counts, and not did my husband. We know it may only be for one generation, but my heritage is still important to me, and that is reflected in my kids names.

As for pronouncability, I don't really much care. As someone who has lived with and knows a LOT of people with 'difficult' names, we all know it is the problem of the other party if they don't have the respect or decency to try pronouncing your name correctly. One of my kids has a very easy to pronounce name which people still insist on shortening ( even at 3, he is particular about correcting them). My younger has a slightly harder name with an easy ethnically appropriate nickname (which we don't use now, but may down the track).

Our only criteria was choosin something that their father could pronounce correctly, as my language has some sounds that don't exist in English, and my husbands tongue just doesn't make those sounds. So we avoided names with those sounds.

My parents, my sister and I each made lists of names from our heritage and then my husband and I went through them. And just picked a name we liked for each.

Good luck OP.

#7 naturalista

Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:47 PM

Almost all of my Chinese friends go by their English nicknames outside their family here.

One who keeps the same name is Xian (pr. Chen) - for a girl.

#8 emlis22

Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

The only ones I can think of that I know are Li for a girl and Shu for a boy. I went to Uni with them both and they didn't have issues that I can recall.

#9 littlesticky

Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:00 PM

In my family we have English first names and Chinese middle names, seeing that we are in an English speaking country. My friend is from Taiwan and she has a Chinese name as her first name and English name as her middle name!

#10 Mummy fab

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

My hubby is Vietnamese but our girls don't have any Vietnamese names.

My cousin is Chinese her name is Mei, and her Chinese adopted friend is called bai-li (pron bayley) not sure if that's the correct way that they spell it but its something like that.

#11 dae-gu

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:16 PM

My kids are adopted from an asian country. They have asian first names, and we have given them english middle names. So officailly at Drs, schl enrolments, airline tickets they are known with their asian name and generally called bytheir English name by friends and family. DH and I use either names - prob 90% english name and 10% asian name.

#12 little lion

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

No name is inherently male or female, unless you use characters. As a crude example, Mei (pronounced may) can be part of a female name as the character for 'beautiful' can be used. But there are hundreds of other characters that end up being Mei in English.

My DH is a native Chinese speaker and we opted to pick an English first name and Chinese middle name. As it turns out, our son's Chinese name sounds and is spelled just like an English name. This was a happy coincidence as we had a professional name guru overseas give us a list of names appropriate for our baby's specific birth time.

Off the top of my head, Rubi (like Ruby) would be a nice choice for a girl. It also depends if you want a one or two syllable name: some countries prefer one over the other.

#13 kerilyntaryn

Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:00 AM


#14 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

QUOTE (kpingitquiet @ 29/01/2013, 08:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Most of my Asian friends (mixed and 100%) have a western first name and Asian middle name. Not sure if that helps original.gif

Thats what we've done too.our son is Alex ander TengWei (teng is generation name, Wei is personal name)

#15 Green Fairy

Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:39 AM

We did the same as the PP, western first name and Chinese middle name with generation name.

#16 mybabymonsters

Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:50 PM

I have 3 boys.  They all have Chinese middle names.


We wanted to keep the same tradition that my husbands parents had started.  My inlaws are Chinese/Australian.

#17 kerilyntaryn

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:22 PM

Mei Lin

#18 two+three

Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:16 PM

My husband is half Chinese and we decided to give our children their Chinese name (chosen by their grandfather) as their middle names:

DD is Yin Wing
DS1 is Yin Hung
DS2 is Yin Hang

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