Published at 2013-07-17 22:02:47 Updated at 2013-07-17 22:02:47
Each native Chinese name has a particular meaning which usually express that a father, grandfather, or himself hopes, wishes the name owner to be or to do. That is naming culture in China.
Normally, When a baby is going to be born, his/her father or grandfather is engaged to search a good sentence or phrase in dictionaries, classics, poetry, etc which represents his hopes or wishes, then extracts one or two words from it to compose the baby's name.
But, our latest statistics shows that the words used most frequently in boy's names still follow a basic rule. That is that words for boy's names are those represent 'strong, powerful, gleaming brightness, shiny quality, brilliance, prosperous, flourishing, dragon, outstanding person, hero, mountain, gentle, mild, refined, etc'.
The top 20 words for man's names are listed as follow. You could compare them to know briefly the meaning of Chinese names. Note that the top words we are talking about are the last characters of given names because they determine mainly the meaning of the names.
|Top||Chinese character||meanings||Name Samples|
|#1||Li Keqiang, Wang Baoqiang, Danny Chan, Wong Ka Keung, Tang Guoqiang, Lim Hng Kiang, Chan Sek Keong, Low Thia Khiang, Ha Hung Cuong, Roger R. Chi Keung Chen.|
|#2||Andy Lau, Wallace Huo, Felix Wong Yat Wa, Simon Yam, Datuk Peter CHIN FAH KUI, S. Iswaran, Hovav Ref, Chaerun Anwar, Guo Yuehua, Chen Xinhua.|
|#3||Yao Ming, Huang Xiaoming, Chen Daoming, Mint Guo, Leon Lai Ming, Canti Lau, Wong Anthony, Bala Chandran Shankar, Nguyen Minh Triet, Nguyen Minh Quang.|
|#4||Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Juno Mak, Liu Yunlong, Lee Hsien Loong, Eyal Yaron, Imron Cotan, Marolop Nainggolan, Chen Longcan, Fan Changlong.|
|#5||Jet Li, Jay Chou, JJ Lin, Sam Lee, Dave Wang, ONG TEE KEAT, Heng Swee Keat, S. Jaishankar, Xie Chaojie.|
|#6||Zhao Benshan, Wang Qishan, Ezra Shoshani, Harel Bar, Santosh Pai, Liu Yunshan.|
|#7||Deng Xiaoping, Xi Jinping, Larry Hsien Ping Lang, Zhang Ping, Chinmoy Naik, Truong Hoa Binh.|
|#8||Sun Yat sen, Jiang Wen, Dean Wu, Shawn Yue, Chiu Man Cheuk, Wang Zhiwen, Khaw Boon Wan, Ran Peleg, Vinayak P. Chavan, Tran Van Tuan.|
|#9||Jiang Zemin, Benny Chan, Vic Chou, Yin Weimin, Mao Zemin.|
|#10||Chan Chun Sing, Ninad S. Deshpande, Wang Jiasheng, Yu Zhengsheng.|
|#11||Anthony Lun, Liang Geliang, Huang Liang, Zhuge Liang.|
|#12||Leehom Wang, Duan Yihong, Ashin Chen, Huang Hong, Ng Eng Hen.|
|#13||Michael Wong, Gallen Lo, Wallace Chung, Hui Liangyu, Jiang Jialiang, Wang Zhiliang.|
|#14||Anthony Wong, Chen Chusheng, Zhou Shenxian, Lim Swee Say, S. Jaishankar, Nguyen Sinh Hung, Xu Yinsheng.|
|#15||Yuan Guiren, S. Iswaran, Eliran Elimelech, Madhusudhanan Sridharan, Nguyen Thien Nhan.|
|#16||Michael Wong, Liang Guanglie, Shen Guangzu, Lee Kuan Yew, Sandeep Jakhar, Phung Quang Thanh, Pham Quang Nghi, Tran Dai Quang, Nguyen Minh Quang, To Quang Thu.|
|#17||JJ Lin, Vincent Chiao, Lawrence Chou, Bae Yong Joon, Tran Van Tuan, Hoang Tuan Anh, Wang Jun, Shi Zhihao.|
|#18||Gary Faye Locke, Kong Linghui, Auguste Kwan, Tony Leung, Vu Huy Hoang, To Huy Rua.|
|#19||Tony Leung chiu wai, Sam Wang, Lawrence Chou, Fan Wei, Jiang Weixin, Patrick J. Kavanagh.|
|#20||Francis Ng, Ray Liang, Phil Chang, Adarsh Swaika, Mao Xinyu.|
Sun Yat-sen has several Chinese names in his life.
When he was 10 years old and went to a private school, the teacher named him Sun Wen, in Chinese symbol
The first Chinese character is his family name.
The second one is Wen, means gentle, mild, or refined; literary composition; writing, is the top 8 word used for Chinese man's names.
This Chinese name is his formal name, was used to the signature of documents and orders.
When he was 17, and studied at the Anglican Diocesan Home and Orphanage (now the Diocesan Boys' School) in Hong Kong, he gave himself a courtesy name Ri Xin, in Chinese symbols
They are extracted from an ancient inscription on a bath of an outstanding Emperor.
The original meaning of this inscription is that a person should take a bath everyday to remove the dust and dirt of body. If he takes a bath at the first day, he has to do it at the next day, and can not be discontinued.
The extended meaning in the classic is that a person should learn more day after day, can not be discontinued.
A name for an ordinary young man I know is:
The first character is his family name.
The last two, his given name, are extracted from the first and third word of a Chinese phrase:
means the sun rising in the east - display of youthful vigour and vitality; be in the ascendant.
His mother told me that at the moment when the boy was born, the sun was rising, then grandpa give this name to the boy.
In China, it is not common to use numbers as a name, and rarer to name all family members with numbers. Knowing Names for the family members of Zhu Yuanzhan, the first Emperor of Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368 - 1644), I am sure, is a unique opportunity to know more about Chinese names.
His fifth-generation grandpa named
He had three sons whose names were respectively
And, Zhu Bailiu, also Zhu Hundred Six, had two boys. Thy were named as
Zhu Sijiu, or Zhu Four Nine, was the grand-grandpa of the Emperor and got 4 boys. Their names in Chinese symbols are:
Zhu Chu Yi or Zhu First Day was the grandpa of the Emperor. He had two sons, Zhu Five One and Zhu Five Four.
Five Four was the Chinese name of the father of the Emperor. The Emperor had four brothers. Their Chinese names were:
After Zhu Chongba, or Zhu Second Eight, gained fame and fortune, he changed his name as Zhu Yuanzhang,
Chinese given name usually is taken from a sentence in the classics, a phrase, lines of poetry, etc and carries its meaning.
Common words used for boy's given names mean 'strong, powerful, gleaming brightness, shiny quality, brilliance, prosperous, flourishing, dragon, outstanding person, hero, mountain, gentle, mild, refined, etc'.