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Is it possible to shorten 你叫什么名字? to 你叫什么?

Is it possible to shorten 你叫什么名字? to 你叫什么? Will it still mean the same? Or it is possible to reply to 你叫什么? with something different, not just Surname+Name? 你叫什么? - 叫我‘你的噩夢’ :)
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How to ask about chinese firstname?

How to ask about chinese firstname? E.g. What is your name /fullname/? - 你叫什麽名字?- 我叫李燕 /lastname + firstname/。 Whan is your surname? - 你貴姓? - 我姓李。 What is your name /firstname/? - [Chinese version of ...
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Is the pronunciation of a heteronym in a given name indeterminable unless we ask the person personally?

There are tones of heteronyms in Chinese and when a heteronym is a given name, or a part of a given name, is asking the person (or his friends, relatives, etc.) the only way to find the pronunciation? ...
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Why the surname 유 (Yoo) is translated as 刘 instead of 余 or 于?

유창혁 (Yoo Changhyuk) is translated as 刘昌赫 in Chinese. Is there any reason that 유 is translated as 刘 instead of 余 or 于?
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“Sheng” as a male given name

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 (...
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What is the usage with these names?

The TV movies 流星花園 made in 2001 and 2008 have characters named 道明寺, 花澤類, and 藤堂靜, who are usually called 寺, 類, and 靜. I think those are just the second syllables of the two-syllable given names. ...
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When 少 is used in someone's name, is it always pronounced shào?

少 can either be pronounced as shào or shǎo. But when used in names, is it always pronounced as shào?
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What are the surnames and given names of these fictional people of the Three Kingdoms?

金環三結,董荼那,阿會喃,忙牙長 What are their surnames and given names. For example, is 董 the surname of 董荼那?
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An extremely rare same name used by two people

The rare name 澹台灭明 is used by two people: A disciple of Confucious. A character is one of Liang Yusheng's novels. As I understand, the surname 澹台 and the given name 灭明 are both extremely rare in ...
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Is the female name 桂英 outdated? Why?

I suggested naming a Chinese baby girl 桂英 after her grandmother but my suggestion was rejected as the name was considered outdated. I know there is a legendary heroine named 穆桂英 and the name 桂英 is ...
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Different given names in Chinese and English

Chinese business persons often have a different given name in English than in Chinese. For example, Tencent founder Ma Huateng is internationally known as Pony Ma while his co-founder Zhang Zhidong is ...
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Using 滿喜由 as a male name in Mainland China

I am a foreigner with a difficult name. Could I use 滿喜由 as a full male name in Mainland China without causing too much hassle in communication? How does 滿喜由 sound to native chinese speakers?
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Help me choose a Chinese name from a list of ideas

My English name does not transliterate well to Mandarin, so I'm choosing a Chinese name. I want it to evoke wisdom, inner strength, peace, beautiful and serene elements of nature, and poetry. I'm new ...
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I would be grateful if anyone can translate/identify the artist of this Chinese “Farmers' Art” painting

The attached image is of a painting of the genre known as Chinese Farmers' / Chinese Peasants'/ or Chinese 'naive" paintings. But I cannot de-code the signature and seal, so would be most grateful if ...
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Help choosing a Chinese name among a few shortlisted ones

(I'm not actually certain my request fits here, as I'm looking for specific advice rather than answers to an abstract question. I'm sorry if it doesn't.) I'm going to study in China for two years. ...
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How to determine if a personal name is feminine or masculine?

Sometimes when working with Chinese names it is not evidently clear whether the person in question is male or female. Besides using pure, fallible, intuition - what other methods are there to tell if ...
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Why is Cristiano Ronaldo known as “C罗” in Chinese?

I see Cristiano Ronaldo is often referred as C罗 in Chinese. I find it curious because: This is not a nickname pattern followed in any other player name, and 罗 isn't even part of the full name ...
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Why would 人 be used for names?

I've seen 人 used as a character in multiple names. 李劼人 is an example of a fairly well known person with the character 人 in his name. It seems slightly jarring that 人 - person would be a feature of a ...
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Why do the Taiwanese have such strange characters for names?

It seems like every time I look up a CJK ext. B character it invariably says: 台湾人名用字。 For example I just looked up the character: 𢵓 zisea notes: 拼音peng2。台湾人名用字。 A few days ago I was ...
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Do any names start with 谦?

A while back, when I first started learning Chinese, I chose my Chinese name to be 谦恭. I chose this because 谦恭 is a loose direct translation of the meaning of my name. So, a few years later, I found ...
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What are written name conventions in labels?

I’m making a door sign for a baby’s nursery; should I stack the characters vertically? Should I include the family name? Are there any faux pas’s to be aware of when making a gift like this?
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Why are certain Chinese surnames common in certain provinces?

I am referring to the figure below, obtained from Wikipedia I am aware that about 40% of all Chinese can be characterised into 10 or so surnames. However, breaking it down, there are particular ...
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Alternative name for Hong Kong 香港

Just as Mainland China can be referred to as 中国, 大陆 or 内地, I was wondering whether Hong Kong has any alternative names (official or just as slang). In English, we refer to Hong Kong in slang as '...
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Is “ne” used as a pronunciation for any character except 呢?

I am wondering about the Pinyin syllable ne (specifically, nè), because it is the ending of the name of a friend of mine. We are searching for a Chinese character that accurately represents this sound ...
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2 word (Mainland) versus 3 word (Hong Kong) Chinese names

I simply want to know why Chinese names from Mainland China are only two words (they can be 2 or 3 syllables) when written in their romanised or pinyin form). Meanwhile almost all Hong Kong names I ...
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Names in original Chinese

How do write the Cantonese name below in Chinese? I only know them in the Ho Ling (first name, I only know the "English phonetic version") Cheung (last name)
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What are the original Chinese characters for the Filipino-Chinese family name Suico?

The book Life in Old Parian says the Cebuano family name Suico has Chinese origin, and I'm looking for the original Chinese characters. I'm trying to narrow it down based on the Hokkien pronunciation ...
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Phonetic pronunciation help for “秋子/Autumn Child” - Chinese trad

Trying to figure out the laymans phonetic spelling for 秋子 (Qiūzi: Autumn Child.) The closest I've been able to come is Chee-Oh-tsö (because the umlaut 'o' makes an oo sound). But this still seems ...
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Must Japanese people's name be mapped to equivalent Chinese characters?

According to this question titled "How do we choose the correct characters for a westerner name?", the accepted answer says the following: It's your name and you can arbitrarily pick characters to ...
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How do Chinese people call each other?

In China, most people have one of 100 most common surnames (老百姓). So it is common that people have the same surname in a classroom. I wonder how Chinese people call each other in a case where there ...
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How may “Donald” be rendered in Chinese?

Would 董 be a possibility? (Thinking a great deal about rulers in the context of conduct and character lately, and 董卓 keeps jumping to mind;)
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Why do Malaysians have Cantonese surnames?

I vaguely know that Cantonese is quite widely spoken in Kuala Lumpur and the peninsular area of Malaysia. Is this the reasons why many Malaysian colleagues have surnames that are common in Hong Kong? ...
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How would you say “X, the Y” in Chinese?

I am currently learning Mandarin in Simplified Chinese. I've just started learning so I cannot speak all that well. However, here is my problem: I have a Chinese family coming over. They are proud ...
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Are there readings exclusive used only for people name?

When reading songyuanyao's answer on Are people names always pronounced the same in Mandarin?, I suddenly wonder if Chinese has something similar to nanori in Japanese. Basically, nanori is a special ...
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Are people's names always pronounced the same in Mandarin?

In many languages, you can not be really sure how to pronounce a person's name, so you have to ask them first, and remember. For instance, "Broglie" can be brɔɪ or brɔˈgli, "中島" can be Nakashima or ...
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Ti Pronunciation of “Di Renjie”

The famous character Judge Dee is based on the historical magistrate Di Renjie, according to Wikipaedia. But I have seen this name spelled as Ti Jentsjié in Dutch, pronounced roughly like /ti/ /jen....
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What does this name mean in Chinese?

What does this name mean in Chinese? I am not Chinese-born but I never really knew what it meant. Sheng Jicheng
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Why can a Chinese person have a nickname as 啊+surname?

I watched a Chinese drama a few years ago and one character was called 啊金. Then I got to know that it wasn't his name, but 金 sure was his name. Is that some kind of nickname? My Chinese teacher told ...
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Is it correct to introduce yourself as “我是 name”

Can I say "我是 john?" (wo3 shi4 john). Would it be grammatically correct?
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How to write your original (non-Chinese) and Chinese name, jointly

What is the most appropriate way to write both your non-Chinese, as well as your Chinese name, in one text line combined, e.g. at the bottom or top of a document. Clarification: by this, I mean that ...
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What does mean zhōngxing from ZTE in Chinese?

What does mean zhōngxing from ZTE in Chinese? ZTE is the Chinese company that makes, among others, modems, routers, smartphones, etc.
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Can anyone recommend Chinese names that mean “a rainfall of jade”?

In my opinion, “a rainfall of jade” conjures up a pleasant imagery. The name I’m looking for is intended for a boy. Family name is 白. I was thinking of the name 雨琳 as it’s closer to the English ...
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How do you address someone with their name in Chinese?

Chinese first language here, but since I've lived outside of China since I was little I'm completely out of touch with this kind of culture. Does China have stuff like this? I know you can call ...
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Character name help (beautiful?) [closed]

I was told my wife's name means "beautiful" and that in English it sounds like "Jenny" (I thought it was zhenyi, but apparently not). Was hoping to get the correct spelling and characters for future ...
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Good Transliteration of the name “Chloe”

I'm trying to translate the name Chloe into Chinese that would be meaningful and sound the same as it does in English. The name Chloe is a Greek baby name. In Greek the meaning of the name Chloe ...
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Chinese given names with 3 or more characters?

Most Chinese given names are 1 or 2 characters long. Were there any proper, Han Chinese given names of 3 or more characters, that weren't transliterations or pseudonyms? Surnames are different; while ...
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Mandarin Chinese Most Frequent 1000 First Names (中国最常用的1000个名字)

Is there a list of common Chinese first names? There are some lists containing top 100 names but it is quite insufficient as it covers only 15% of total population. I need a comprehensive list. (...
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Chinese names: Gah-Ning

I'm trying to translate the children's book "Where Is Gah-Ning?" in Chinese. The Gah-Ning in question is Chinese-Canadian, and the book is written in English, so I don't know how to render her name. ...
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How do I pronounce romanised Chinese names which lack tone marks?

In the West, Chinese names almost never seem to be written using pinyin tone marks or numbers. For example, the current president's name will simply be written as Xi Jinping. I had to Google to ...
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Why did people sometimes call Liu Bei “明将军”?

Reading some historical texts on Liu Bei, the famous Three Kingdoms warlord, I was surprised to see that in more than one occasion, he is referred to as 明将军. What does this name mean, and where did it ...