I'm also interested in knowing the connotations and whether those terms are associated with specific dialects. Would the average mainland speaker know 喆?

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    cantoneseplus.com/character/4940 . 喆 is a variant of 哲, you can presume there is no difference in meaning. I personally have never written the character 喆 in my life
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 16:22
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    As native speaker my feeling is that is standard Chinese 喆 is exclusive to person names. Can't think of a single context that uses 喆 outside names. Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 16:24
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    Another example is 淼, which is a variant of 渺, but only used in person names.
    – alephalpha
    Commented Oct 19, 2023 at 2:44
  • Could a person theoretically be named 永水淼 for example?
    – Qwokker
    Commented Oct 19, 2023 at 19:28

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The average speaker will likely recognize 喆 as it is used in person names, but will not recognize it as a variant of 哲.

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