Posted by Fifi Yang 20301
When you first start to learn Chinese, adopting a Chinese name will be necessary. The easiest way to come up with a Chinese Name would be simply a transliteration of your given name in English. But, what if you want to find a local Chinese name that makes sense.
A good name is expected to pave the way to a successful and prosperous life. Here are some Chinese sayings about how important a good name is in Chinese.
(cì zǐ qiānjīn, bù rú jiāo zǐ yí yì, jiāo zǐ yí yì ， bù rú cì zǐ hǎo mínɡ )
Instead of giving your child gold, teach him a skill; instead of teaching him a skill, give him a good name.
bú pà shēnɡ cuò mìnɡ, jiù pà qǐ cuò mínɡ
People would rather be getting a tough life than getting a wrong name
Most Chinese names are made up of three characters. All Chinese names start with the family name, or surname, and then following the given name. Given names are usually 1 or 2 character(s). Most family names are 1 character, but there are some exceptions, some are made up of two characters. For example 司马sī mǎ, 欧阳ōu yánɡ，长孙zhǎnɡ sūn，公孙ɡōnɡ sūn，东方dōnɡfānɡ，上官shànɡɡuān，etc.
When Chinese parents name their baby boy girl, there are 4 factors they would consider: meaning, Special significance, sound, family connection, expectation. There are some cultural factors. However, choose a Chinese name for foreigners would be easier. The most important issue is not to make your name sound too eerie.
Some people will care about whether the Chinese in a name is phonetic. It's great if your given name is a single syllable or disyllable, your translation is perfect.
If your given name is very long, it's not suggested to use the transcribed version, since Chinese name only made up 3 Characters. It would be too long for Chinese friends/colleagues to call you.
Also, there may be some jokes about some literally transcribed Chinese name, such 夏洛特，xià luò tè， sounds like 杀了他shā le tā, meaning kill him/her
Some names are especially for girls, some are for boys. For example, for a Spanish name. Juan in Chinese, it's 娟, a name for a girl. So that's not appropriate.
力 lì, "power."
雄 xióng, "male."
宏 hóng, "grand."
子 zǐ, "son."
成 chéng, "succeed."
梦 mèng, "dream."
夏 xià, "summer."
雪 xuě, "snow."
丽 lì, "beautiful."
安 ān, "safe."
Choose a name that most Chinese people will recognize, which can avoid the embarrassment of if your Chinese friends could not read it properly. Here are some common Chinese family names for the reference. It's not recommended to find a character that only appears in ancient history. It's not easily readable and understandable.
Chinese name usually has a specific meaning, if you do not choose it well, this will bring some jokes.
Simply put your name spelling and select the characteristics, the program will suggest the surname and given names accordingly. However, the selection is not unique. If you do not like the name displayed, you can use this tool to submit again. You will get another option. Try it, until you get the one you like.
After you provide all the information required, you will get the name suggests, together with the Chinese pinyin, English explanation as well as the standard Chinese pronunciation(However, the audio file is in aif format, you can check the data in a Chinese dictionary).
We hope that post was useful! What's your Chinese Name and why you pick it? We'd love to hear about it in the comments section below!