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Apparently there are quite a lot of characters that are pronounced as "sheng". (According to Pleco: 生、声、省、升、胜、圣、剩,盛、牲、绳、笙、甥、嵊、眚、乘、昇、晟、渑、㗂,呏,曻、泩、陞、鼪)

Which of these could plausibly be used as a (single character) male given name?

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  • If you read the name in a novel, sheng 生 is sometimes used as a title meaning "student", so something like "Liu Sheng" might be "student Liu" rather than a name. – KWeiss Mar 6 '19 at 10:01
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生、声、[]、升、[]、圣、剩,[]、牲、绳、笙、甥、嵊、眚、乘、[]、晟、渑、㗂,呏,曻、泩、陞、鼪

[] as in 自省 (introspection) it is very meaningful as a name, but 省 can also mean province, may cause confusion

The following are very common single character names:

[] as in 強盛 (powerful and prosperous)

[] as in 胜利 (victory)

[] as in 高昇 (rise high)

升 and 陞 also mean rise, but as a name, 昇 is the most standard one

The following are questionable:

牲 as in 牲口 (livestock) - very bad as a name

剩 as in 剩余 (left-over; surplus; remaining) - not suitable as a name

生 as in 生存(alive) 生命(life) - rare used in name because 生 is also a verb for give birth

声 as in 声音(sound) - not very meaningful as a name

圣 as in 神圣(holy) - too arrogant as a name

甥 (nephew) - not suitable as a name

乘 (ride)- not very meaningful as a name

绳 (rope) - not common as a name

The following are obscure Chinese characters, not suitable as common names:

嵊、晟、渑、㗂,呏,曻、泩、鼪

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  • in 自省 is pronounced xing3 rather than sheng3 – imkzh Apr 22 '19 at 15:01

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