I am told that this seal stamp character(s) are from the Chinese dialect, though I got it from my Japanese grandmother. She had it made and gave it to me. I was told it says 'strong and smart' and also resembles my name 'Matthew'.

I have not been able to find the characters that are shown on the stamp, and do not know either language well. Can someone help me with what the characters say and mean, or where to find them, along with anything else?

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    The stamp with seal scripts of Chinese reads 麥菲 (mài fēi), which indeed transliterates "Matthew", but I don't get the "strong and smart" point.
    – Stan
    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:47
  • The text shown on the stamp is ancient Chinese writing, it is literally called "JiaGu Text" in China. In modern times, even most people in China doesn't know how to decipher these writings, except historians and old-text inspector. Don't worry about what it says, it should be a phrase or word used in ancient China.
    – user12068
    Nov 9, 2015 at 8:17
  • Not JiaGu script (oracle script), precisely it should be called 缪篆 or 摹印篆.
    – Stan
    Nov 9, 2015 at 8:35
  • This is obviously 篆文,not 甲骨文.
    – thinwa
    Nov 10, 2015 at 2:40
  • Neither 麦 nor 菲 has the meaning of "strong and smart" in Chinese. 麦means wheat, 菲 usually uses as an adjective to describe plants(grass) growing well.
    – thinwa
    Nov 10, 2015 at 2:53

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The the characters on the stamp were written in 小篆(xiao zhuan), which is an ancient Chinese writing form. The character on the right is 麥, which means wheat. The character on the left is 菲, which means the fragrance of plants. I don't know how those two characters could relate to 'strong and smart'. I think the combination of the two characters might have a specific meaning in Japanese, since there are also Chinese characters in Japanese.

  • No, there's not specific meaning in Japanese.
    – user4072
    Nov 11, 2015 at 1:25

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