It seems like every time I look up a CJK ext. B character it invariably says:


For example I just looked up the character:


zisea notes:


A few days ago I was looking up 𠷨, which zisea again notes:


And before that, I was looking up 𢵞, which again zisea says:


These just don't seem like characters that people would use for naming names.

I'm just glad the other characters I came across: 𤖼, 𦤣 and 𢛒 - weren't considered characters for names.

Why do the Taiwanese have such strange characters for names?

  • It is a dialect character, which doesn't exist in other area, I don't know who made it.
    – sfy
    Commented Jun 4, 2018 at 9:09
  • charbase.com/22d53-unicode-cjk-unified-ideograph This seems to suggest it's Cantonese, a variant of what is usually written 抨
    – Michaelyus
    Commented Jun 4, 2018 at 22:11
  • @Michaelyus but who in their right mind would use 抨 in a name?
    – Mou某
    Commented Jun 5, 2018 at 3:50
  • @user3306356 I actually think that zisea is wrong. 抨 and 𢵓 are [both] the Cantonese for "to drive out", equivalent to Mandarin 赶走 I suppose.
    – Michaelyus
    Commented Jun 5, 2018 at 10:57

2 Answers 2


TL;DR Because some "fortune tellers" would suggest these characters.

Lots of parents go ask fortune tellers for names before giving birth to their children. Now young people in these generation seldom do that, but some of their parents(the children's parents) still ask them to do that.

And sometimes, for example, fortune tellers would suggest that there should be some "火(fire)" in the baby's name because that child will be too tender.

Not every Taiwanese believes in this, but some really do.

  • Names need to have 五行, right?
    – Mou某
    Commented Jul 26, 2018 at 11:37
  • There are lots of religion in Taiwan. Not every people believes names need to have 五行. But yes, 五行 played an important role in names, cultures, and even Chinese medicals.
    – NoobTW
    Commented Jul 26, 2018 at 11:42

From Taiwan.

I have never seen those characters and never in names either. My computer can't even show those characters properly.


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