I am trying to find a new Chinese name for myself. Before, I simply used a transliteration of my western name. Now, as my Chinese progressed, I would like to find something that does not immediately reveal that I am a foreigner. While leafing through my dictionaries, several rare characters attracted my attention. I like them, not only because they are exotic, but also because of their meanings and their components.
But I am not sure if they may be used for names. I tried to baidu that question, but they seem to be to rare... I think my question is twofold: First, do native speakers use rare characters for names? And, specifically concerning the character 飂:
- Could I use a character like 飂 for my name?
- would a native speaker use a rare character like 飂 as name?
- what does a native speaker think seeing a name containing such a character? Is it simply rare? Or really strange?
From what the dictionaries (mainly Longman and the dictionary of the Taiwanese ministry of education) told me, 飂 is used as 姓 (although I could not find any examples), and can mean either the sound of wind, wind in high places, or a west wind (what perhaps somehow fits to a westerner).
edit: I'm comfortable with reading Chinese sources when needed.