I believe this violates rules (at least it does in StackOverflow), because it's a subjective question. But this is a really big decision so I just wanted to tap any resources I could before moving forward

I'm going to open a business that has private Mahjong rooms, open late (till 4AM), at the top floor of a building

For a business name I am thinking


Because 熬夜 is staying up late 运气 is luck and 云 is clouds (top floor)

But my main problem is that I have no idea how it sounds. I do not know any Chinese business names, what is normal, what sounds normal, what sounds ridiculous

So my question is:
Does 熬云 sound like a business name? Especially one that has private rooms for mahjong

  • 运 might sound like a shipping company
    – Mou某
    May 13, 2016 at 1:07
  • Good call. so just 熬云?If all else fails I can just pick an English name
    – A O
    May 13, 2016 at 1:12
  • Sounds like a cloud storage/cloud service company, like aliyun.com.
    – imrek
    May 13, 2016 at 3:44
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    No, It doesn't sound like any name, maybe a villian's name in fantasy novel. Because 熬 is a negative word, no one use it to name something in tradition.
    – sfy
    May 13, 2016 at 7:38
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    @AO 宝云 is an OK name, but sounds average, not special. 倪阔乐's idea is worth considering, that's much more interesting. (As you insist the ao sound) you may try 宝灯九莲 or something else.
    – Stan
    May 13, 2016 at 17:50

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To me as a native speaker, there is a negative feeling about 熬. It means getting through(or endure) bad things(etc. pain, poor, sickness). see 熬's meaning here

So maybe 熬 is just not the best choice. But considering your ID as "A O", you may like this "ao" sound very much. So my recommendation is to use 鏖 instead.(see 鏖's meaning here). It basically meaning a really long battle. As Mahjong is a really long battle on the table. Hope this helps.

  • yar I do like the "Ao", but i'm not married to it by any means. I want it to sound more like a lounge/relaxing business, so I will continue looking at other characters. I think I want to keep 云, though... gonna need to put more thought into it. Thanks for the input :)
    – A O
    May 13, 2016 at 2:24
  • You are welcome. 云 is very good. 客似云来: customers flood in like clouds! May 13, 2016 at 3:29
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    I agree, 熬 has a negative connotation so it should be avoided. The only minor problem is 鏖 is less common seen so some people cannot pronounce it correctly. Anyway 鏖云 does sound like a good casino name to me LOL
    – Stan
    May 13, 2016 at 4:15
  • What do you think about 宝云?
    – A O
    May 13, 2016 at 16:17

熬definitely sounds negative tiresome if not above neutral. 傲云maybe better choice and still has the sound/meaning if your original 熬云. Each hand starts with 13 tiles remind me a restaurant named "Lucky 13". Contradiction like that sometimes makes it stand out more or make it easy for people to remember. If the name is 清七对, everyone (who plays Mahjong) knows what it is.

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