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What is an example of a surname formed by combining two single-character family names?

There are many origins of compound surnames. Some derive from royal or official titles, place-names, professions, while others originate from non-Han Chinese clans that lived in ancient China or were ...
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"Mei Mei" as a given name

I see a lot of Chinese female characters in English-language media named Mei or Mei Mei. I know there are different ways Mei is written in names, like 梅 and 美 (which is in my mother's name), and there'...
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Please help me choose a Chinese name that is easy to write and is a name [closed]

My (western) Kindergartener son needs a Chinese name (three characters) for himself for use at his school. I started with some ideas that relate to his western names, one character for family name, ...
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Can this be a chinese name?

There is a popular meme online which photoshops John Cena's face onto Mao Zedong, naming it 'Zhong XiNa'. Is there a possibility that this can be transliterated into a real, meaningful Chinese name?
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Help with Chinese name

I have been thinking for a few months about what I would like to use for my name when I go to teach English in China next spring. I have read many blog posts and tips about choosing a Chinese name, ...
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Is the Chinese name 海追远 weird sounding?

My Chinese teacher gave me the name 海追远 last year. I picked out the surname 海 because it sounds like my last name, he just gave me the first name 海追远. Now that I've started a college Chinese class, ...
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柯西 as a character name: can it potentially transliterate as Xi (as in the greek letter)?

I'm trying to figure out how to correctly translate the name of a character which is written as 柯西. I've used a few translation resources, and all of them output Cauchy, however, the pronunciation (...
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My boss from Shanghai said, her name "doesn't mean anything". I am confused!

So, I worked for a lady originally from Shanghai, but operating a TCM health clinic in California. English is her second language. I never got the chance to clarify her statement to me when she told ...
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Help choosing a better Chinese name

Recently, someone helped me come up with a Chinese name for myself, and after some discussion, the surname 高 and given names 偉恩, 大恩 and 太恩 were recommended. The first (偉恩) I liked but found that it ...
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Is it considered a bad thing to choose a book character's name as yours in Chinese? Picking a name from a book etc? [closed]

So, I am in a process of finding a good name for myself in Chinese. I wanted it to be somehow connected to space, maybe astrophysics, maths etc. The thing that actually inspired me to sign up for a ...
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Does the character 大 make a name seem "Unsophisticated"

Recently, I had someone from Taiwan help me create Chinese name for myself to use when writing/communicating with those in Chinese speaking areas. In our discussion, I had suggested 大恩 as a given/...
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Is it correct to call the UK 英国?

As we all know, the UK means the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in which there is not a word or a syllable that sounds like 英, but why is the name of this country in Chinese is ...
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Help review chinese names for characters in a wuxia setting

For a thing I'm basically fleshing out a wuxia style martial sect. Just trying to name a few things and people. I'm doing all the research I can, but it really takes someone who is familiar with the ...
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When you first meet someone, sometimes they say (for example): " 我是小朋...“

。。。 “小时的小,朋友的朋。” I think Chinese people will say that because you may not know how their name is written, so you get a better description of what their name is. But... does the word have to be the ...
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How would you write Yuna in a Chinese poetic name? [closed]

I'm trying to come up with a Chinese name for myself that has a poetic meaning and still sounds like my English name. Any suggestions?
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Help with chinese address

I would like to ask for help in "decoding" chinese name and address that seller gave me to return the item back to china. I tried translators on the internet but they do not work. The street ...
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Which Chinese dialect group is the surname Kuok from?

Which Chinese dialect group is the surname Kuok from? I assume it's a variant of the Mandarin Guo (郭).
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Need a last character [closed]

I have this character who is a triplet but I am having a hard time figuring out what the last character of her name should be. So far her other triplet sisters are named 任子婷 and 任子婧, and I wanted her ...
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Is "华彧" an acceptable name for males? Any other boy names with "华"? [closed]

I have been learning Chinese for several months now, and I would love to have a Chinese name to facilitate conversing and learning, mainly for my own enjoyment. I feel that whatever my name will be, ...
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How do you answer the following question when someone asks: 我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗?

我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗? My Chinese teacher asked me the question above ^. Am I supposed to say: 这是我的中国老师, 王朋. or 这是我的美国朋友, Rodger Smith. Basically, should I be introducing my Chinese teacher who ...
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Help with expanding on a Chinese character's name (in headcanon)

(To clarify: I'm a white American, trying to make fanlore for a canonically Chinese character from a Korean game. There's several different levels of possible lost-in-translation here. If you need any ...
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What does this name mean in pinyin/english?

i'd appreciate it a lot if someone could tell me! id like to know what this name means in pinyin, as well as english.
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Help me choose a good chinese name [closed]

I'm currently learning chinese and I've decided to adopt a chinese name since my given name doesn't translates well to mandarin. I wanted to choose a nome that comes from ancient poetry and evoques ...
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Choosing a Chinese name based on John the Apostle

I'm new and I only recently started getting more serious about learning Chinese. After doing research and talking to people, someone suggested that I should chose a Chinese name and that I should ask ...
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Is there a word/name that sounds like "Arky"? [closed]

I'm looking for a catchy name and I'm wondering if the word "arky" does mean anything in the Chinese language. I was wondering if there is like a word in Chinese language that is pronounced (...
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Writing Down Chinese Names In Correct Order

Question: I am constructing a sport database; which has names of Chinese players. Names are stored in Romanized alphabetical spelling. A recent concern has come up regarding a "correct" ...
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Exactly how bad is it to call a family member by their given name?

I hear it is taboo to call any family member by their given name, especially if you are speaking to an older relative. Or if not taboo, then at the very least it is extremely rude. Do people ever call ...
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Can anyone reccomend me a Chinese female first name? [closed]

I want to choose a Chinese name for myself, but I really have no idea how to choose a name that won't be weird. Here is some information that might be helpful: I am a female and I chose 范 as my ...
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Can you help translate my Korean name (Kim Hee-Joon) into a Mandarin/Traditional name? [closed]

Need help translating my name Hee Joon Kim into Mandarin symbols for a name chop. In Korea, we spell our last name first when writing our name, so I am looking for a translation of " Kim Hee Joon ...
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Most popular Chinese given names

Are there any lists of the most popular Chinese given names, either in romanization or characters? http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/20/c_138721082.htm is an announcement of "the top 10 ...
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How common are the following Chinese names: 王朋 & 李友 & 高文中 & 白英愛? My Chinese coursebooks are full of them!

Context: my Chinese course uses a series of books (called 'Integrated Chinese') in which the following are among the most commonly used names: 王朋 李友 高文中 白英愛 It makes me wonder how common these names ...
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How do I write my name in traditional Chinese characters (with pinyin)? [closed]

I'm starting my first Chinese class in a few days, and I was hoping someone could help me write name in Chinese (with a pinyin transliteration because I can't read Chinese characters yet)? My first ...
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Hokkien name to Mandarin

A friend of mine has a Hokkien name of 'eng leng' (leng is long and means dragon). However, I have no idea of this 'eng'. This name was given by her ancestor who is really passed. So I am helpless ...
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What would be a proper Chinese name for someone meaning "achieving purpose/ambition?"

I'm an American writing a novel in English and I have a Chinese character I want to give a real Chinese name. I'd like his name to mean something along the lines of "will," "purpose,&...
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In the film 流浪地球, why is a character nicknamed '户口'?

The most common translation of '户口' seems to be 'household registration system'. The other meanings do not fit either: https://www.mdbg.net/chinese/dictionary?page=worddict&wdrst=0&wdqb=%E6%88%...
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Describing and meaning of the name 楚胜天

My first question is similar to Lil ol' 阮天文's post regarding how to describe my name, 楚胜天. Most native speakers have me repeat myself several times or write it down before understanding me, it would ...
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Stylistic assessment of a Western first name as the basis for a Chinese name

I need some help from native speakers who can provide critique of the following practice. Imagine that someone is called Martin Schneider (fictional example) and is the head of the China department at ...
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How do you refer to multiple people with the same surname?

I was wondering if Chinese people ever get confused addressing multiple people with the same last name. For example, let's say you are at a gathering and you meet many people who are from the same ...
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Is 塔拉費薩爾 an appropriate transliteration of my name?

My name is Talha Faisal when I try to translate my name into Chinese (traditional) language, I got 塔拉費薩爾 Ta la fei sar not Talha Faisal How can I write my name in Chinese?
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How do friends use each other's name?

How do people (especially in Taiwan) use their names when talking among friends, for example, in University? I've previously heard that some people always use the complete name when addressing other ...
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What does my Chinese name 林惠妃 mean?

I was adopted from China at 11 months and was given a name in the orphanage. My Chinese name is 林惠妃。I study Chinese currently, and am just unsure of the meaning of my name. I have been given some ...
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Adopting an appropriate Chinese name

I'm starting to learn Mandarin and I'd like to adopt a Chinese name. I wonder if 滿熊汗 (Mǎn Xiónghán) would be an appropriate one. I've read that 滿 is a surname with Manchu ethnic origin, and I know ...
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Is there a shorten formed of the name for Polish złoty?

The name for the Polish currency złoty is this in Chinese: 波兰兹罗提 Most currencies also have abbreviations. The obviously inapplicable shortened form would be: 波罗 Possible contractions might ...
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What did Eastern Han Chinese sound like?

As I was improving an answer to this question in the History SE, I discovered that the prestige Luoyang dialect of the Eastern Han and Three Kingdoms period didn't actually fall under Old Chinese but ...
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Translate Name and Street address in China

Please help me translate the following: Contact Name: 何卓宛 Street Address: 天府大道北路1700号环球中心N2 4栋1单元16层05号 Street Address 2: City: cheng du shi State/Province/Region: si chuan sheng Country/Region: ...
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Algorithm for finding names in Chinese texts

I am writing an application for extraction information from Chinese texts. One of the tasks is finding names (personal, geographical or something else). The algorithm is not required to find all 100% ...
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Database of Chinese translations of given names?

Is there a comprehensive/official list of Chinese transliterations of given names (i.e. first names)? I know that I can transliterate on my own, but such a database is useful because: I can look up ...
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Which (if any) of these name ideas sound native? Which sound foreign?

At work I've gained the nickname "Oreo Boy" because everyone's twice my age or older (hence the "boy") and I've got a noticeable habit of stuffing my face with junk from the vending machine (hence the ...
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How can I make a two-character Chinese girl's name, perhaps using 静?

I'd like to make a chinese name (girl). I wonder if you could help me, since I don't know what wouldn't be weird for a name. If any native speaker could help me, I'd appreciate it. I want a name that ...
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At what age is it inappropriate to call people 小李, 小王, 小刘, etc.? And is it different for males and females?

It's common for children to be referred to as 小李, 小王, 小刘, etc. in Chinese (basically 小[姓], where [姓] is the family name). I expect there is a certain age where it's no longer appropriate to call ...
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