A free online resource
crammed with advice about choosing a Chinese baby
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.
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
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.