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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Boy Name examples
Girl Name examples
Girl Name examples
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.