CHINESE BABY NAMES

A Chinese Baby Name
Traditions in China vary considerably from the Western culture when naming a baby. Chinese names are only ever repeated by complete accident. The majority of given Chinese names are completely unique. Please see below for some examples of those for a Baby girl and Baby boy which should be referred to as information only to honour the tradition adopted in China.

 
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The correct order
The order in which names in China are presented is the reverse to those from Western cultures. Traditionally these would therefore be transcribed in the following order: surname, given name. There are often errors in transcriptions when the characters of the given name are written separately. Many Chinese-Americans have adopted a Western name however they use their given Chinese name as a middle name.

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Chinese Given Names
There are thousands of Chinese characters and the given name originating in China usually consists of two syllables taken from any of the thousands of these Chinese characters. The range of names is therefore almost limitless. These can represent and reflect all forms of nature and the environment or characteristics or even have mystical meanings. Many reflect specific periods in history. The Western custom of naming a baby after the given name of another member of the family would be unheard of in the Chinese culture.

Family Usage
The given Chinese name is rarely used within the traditional family circle in China. In Western culture children rarely address their parents by their given name - they are referred to as " Mom" or "Dad". This custom is also adopted by the people of China but the custom extends to the whole family. In a family of three brothers their siblings would use the address of 'second brother' for instance. In turn the parents of Chinese children often give then a unique nickname within the family. Outside the family circle the given name would be used.

Chinese Surnames
These are predominately family surnames. They are passed down from one generation to the next. Surnames in China convey the family's history and the deeds of their ancestors. As explained at the top of the page the majority of Chinese baby names are unique to each baby. Any duplication of a first name is purely coincidental. The following list of male and female Chinese baby names are therefore only listed as examples and should be referred to as information only.

 
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Chen
Cheng
Chi
Cong
Dewei
Fai
Guang
Ho
Jun
Kong
Kuan-Yin
Lee
Lei
Li
Lian
Liang
Lok
Long
On
Park
Shaiming
Shen
Sheng
Shing
Sying
Ye
Yul
An
Chan Juan
Chang
Cong
Da-Xia
Fang
Fang Yin
Fen
Feng
Huan Yue
Hui Ying
Jia Li
Jiang Li
Jiao
Jin
Jing
Juan
Jun
Lee
Lei
Li
Li Hua
Li Mei
Li Ming
Li Na
Li Qin
Li Rong
Li Wei
Lian
Lien
Lin
Lin Yao
Ling
Lixue
Mei
Mulan
Park
Ping
Qi
Qiao
Qing Yuan
Rong
Shan
Shu Fang
Shuang
Ting
Wan
Wei
Xia
Xia He
Xiang
Xiao Chen
Xiao Hong
Xin Qian
Xiu
Xiu Juan
Xue
Xue Fang
Yan
Yan Yan
Yi
Yi Jie
Yi Min
Yi Ze
Yu Jie
Yue Wan
Yue Yan
Yue Ying
Yue You
Zhen
Zhen Juan
Zhi
Zi
The above list of male and female baby names are only listed as examples and should be referred to as information only to honour the tradition adopted in China.
 
 
 

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