I'm creating a half Japanese half Chinese character and I'm trying to figure out whether or not 宁和 can be used as a name. I'm also wondering if it means to aspire to peace and is read a "ninghe".

  • 宁和 (Níng hé) is ok. as a name, One thing though, it sounds quite similar to Japan's new 年號 (reign title) 令和 (Lìng hé)
    – Tang Ho
    Jun 10, 2019 at 4:04
  • both 宁 and 和 mean peace, there's no 'aspire' part if that's what you mean Jun 10, 2019 at 5:59
  • 郁宁?(yu4ning2)探宁(tan4ning2)玄宁(xuan2ning2)They are closer to "aspire and peace"(´▽`)ノ♪ Jun 10, 2019 at 10:13

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宁和 can be used as a real Chinese name. 宁 is a common family name and 和 is totally ok for a given name.

When used as a family name, 宁 pronounced as ning4. With such pronunciation, it also can mean "rather", like 宁死不屈(rather die than surrender).

When pronounced as ning2, it means quiet/peace.

To be clear, people will say ning4和 but won't understand the name as "rather peace". Usually, this name will be considered as "quiet and peace". It is a valid name but won't have the "aspire" to peace.

All the above is for Chinese name, not quite sure if it is allowed to only have 2 characters in Japanese name.

  • Almost no one cares about the meaning of the family name unless the full name is a commonly used word. However, that is the case parents usually want to avoid.
    – River
    Sep 15, 2020 at 21:12

Recommend to use 和宁 with your surname, example: 王和宁

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