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Chinese girl needs an Eng name

  • Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    Hi. I am a Chinese girl in need of an English given name. My Chinese given name is Xiaoxiao and it’s really hard to pronounce for English speakers but I am going to Australia for college next year so I am desperately in need of an English name. I have been browsing through baby names for months but I still haven’t found one I like.

    I was born on 14 Jun 1994. As for my characteristics, I am a little bit quiet and composed at times but most of the time I am very friendly and genuine to others, especially after I have got familiar with them. I am often described by friends, teachers and family as kind, honest, helpful and sometimes, cute. People who know me best say I have a transparent heart for I am open and do kind things to everyone around me. In my spare time I enjoy reading and writing poetry, both in English and Chinese, and I choose Linguistics for my undergraduate major.

    Now I am thinking of the name LINDSAY. Although it doesn’t have a specific meaning, I just kind of like the sound of it. By the way, I don’t really like names ending with -ie or -a because most of them are a bit too girly I think. But I’ll think of it if there are really good ones.

    Someone help me find a suitable English name~~Many thanks from Beijing, China!!!! Thank you guys soooooo much~~~

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  • Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    Ohhh one more thing. If you are thinking what letter is the closest in pronunciation to my Chinese name, I would say S and C both will do. But I really don’t mind whether the English name “matches” to my Chinese name in sound or not.

    I would like a name that is not very common but still can be known and spelled correctly (most of the time) by other people.

    Thank you!


    embra
    Participant

    Lindsay is a nice name. If you are looking for other names that aren’t very girly (can work for either sex but I think of more for girls) some thoughts might be Avery, Morgan, Sage, or Jordan. A few names that are exclusively for girls but aren’t wildly popular and that I don’t see as super girly-girl are Celia or Caroline. Charlotte, Scarlett, and Madeline are a bit more popular now, but still nice I think.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I think Lindsay is fine and easy to pronounce. I also like pp’s suggestion of Caroline. It might be a little tricky to pronounce (for native Chinese speakers).

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    If you like Lindsay, I’d say go for it! It’s pretty and simple, and since it will be what you’re called, it has to be something you love!

    Maybe:
    Charlotte
    Christine
    Corinne
    Cora
    Chelsea
    Celeste
    Susan
    Stephanie
    Sarah
    Selena

    What characters is your name written with in Chinese? Maybe you could find an English name with a meaning similar to Xiaoxiao.

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    My first two thoughts were Rebecca and Rachel for some reason.

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    Hey everyone~I’d say that you are all just soooo nice! I’m exhilarated to log online and be informed of all the replies you’ve written.

    Well, I think most of the names you suggested are very nice, and I do have considered several of them like Avery, Caroline(the pronunciation is not really difficult for me), Charlotte,Chelsea and Serena. However I kind of think Lindsay sounds more original. Since I’m not a native English speaker I don’t know if my feelings for this name is accurate enough. I searched Lindsay on this website and looked at the comments, and I noticed some of the people were saying a lot of people in their area were named Lindsay. I’ve attended many English classes and I’ve never been introduced to a “Lindsay” here in China, and I don’t think this name is that popular in your country (or in Australia, where I’m going), is it?

    @TheWishingStar, the meaning of my Chinese name Xiaoxiao is “deep and clean waters”. Can you find a name similar in meaning to this?

    Thanks again.

    Xiaoxiao

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    And, I’m concerned if the name LINDSAY will be mispronounced to lin-SAY(or something like that) instead of lin-ZEE. And will it be misspelled to lindsEy too?

    If it’s easily misspelled I think I will consider linsEy, but I don’t want to because linsAy seems better.

    Phlutegirl
    Phlutegirl
    Participant

    Lindsay is a pretty dated name in most English speaking countries, which could work for you, as it would be typical of someone your age. The major drawback I see with Lindsay is that there are several spellings of it that are popular, and thus, most people named Lindsay end up having to spell their name for people on a regular basis. Also, the spelling of Lindsay might not end in an -ie, but it ends in the same sound, which your original post says you don’t like. It is very similar in style and sound to other popular names from the early 90s, like Ashley, Stephanie, Kelsey, Courtney, Chelsea, Sydney, et al. I think it blends in with those names rather well.

    I realize this might be a random suggestion, but Violet came to mind as a possible name to consider. I think it fits your criteria: it doesn’t end in an -ie or -a; it isn’t common, but is well known and can be spelled correctly by those just meeting you, and has a sound that is distinctive from most other common names (unlike Lindsay).

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    Thank you @Phlutegirl, in fact I’m OK with the sound of it. one of my friends in the US just said that Lindsay seemed “flamboyant” and I should consider more common names like Shelly and Shelby. What do you think?

    I’ve also considered the problem of misspelling before. Would it be really serious like 90% of the people would not know how to spell my name? That way I’ll try another…

    Violet is fine for me and I will add it to my list.


    embra
    Participant

    I have only ever met one Lindsay in the U.S. I don’t find it at all flamboyant and I like it better than Shelly or Shelby. Bay is sometimes used as a girl’s name too, and means, well…a bay – an inlet of ocean water. That could be a similar meaning to your own name if you are looking for that.

    Phlutegirl
    Phlutegirl
    Participant

    I think the two most common spellings are Lindsay and Lindsey. Most people I know with those spellings basically say “Lindsay with an A” or “Lindsey with an E” every time they give their name. There are a whole host of other spellings in use out there, but I think those are the top two.

    I wouldn’t call Shelly and Shelby exactly common, but they are rather generic. I don’t find either of them particularly attractive names (that’s just my personal taste). Shelby first spiked in popularity in the 1940s and because of that, it sounds like a name dated to the 40s (to me). It could give the impression of having an “old lady name” (which is not necessarily a bad thing – I tend to like a number of “old lady names”). Shelly peaked in the 60s and 70s, so that is also rather dated, but to a generation older than you. It’s a nickname for Michelle, which has remained steadily popular since the 50s. You could always consider going with Michelle, nicknamed Shelly.

    If you want something more “common” you could always go with a classic and timeless English name. For versatility, you could choose one that offers a variety of nicknames. Someone named Catherine, Alexandra, or Elizabeth could be anyone of any age, race, occupation, or social group.

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 4 weeks ago by Phlutegirl Phlutegirl. Reason: grammar
    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    @Phlutegirl Thanks but I don’t really want a classic name… I mean, Catherine has a good meaning and probably suits me well, but it’s just not original enough…

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    Most people will pronounce Lindsay right. They might misspell it as Lindsey, but both are pretty common spellings. In the US, it was pretty popular around when you were born, and for a few years before that, but it is less common for new babies these days. In Australia, it peaked in popularity earlier than in the US, but was still pretty common for girls your age. And the Lindsay spelling is more common there. I definitely think people will have heard the name, it won’t be too uncommon or outdated. I still think Lindsay would be a pretty good option for you, if you like it.

    I looked for names with a similar meaning and didn’t really find anything. But these ones have water-related meanings. They might not be what you’re looking for, but they might give you some ideas:
    Adrianne – Of the Adriatic sea
    Marina – Of the sea
    Merilyn/Marilyn – Bright as the sea
    Morgan – Bright sea

    Or these are some water-related names:
    Brooke
    Misty
    Rain/Raine/Rayne
    Isla


    kimiha
    Participant

    hmm i can picture a cute chinese girl with the names

    mandy
    nora
    hannah
    lily
    maya
    leah
    eva
    jasmin
    skye
    ivy
    iris

    i like the name lindsay also. but i prefer it spelled lindsey. i have known a few lindsays born in the early nineties. i think it would be nice to hear it again.

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    Hi guys!

    Thank you for all your excellent ideas. I can see that you have put a lot of thought in them and I am very grateful for that. I am now struggling among Lindsay, Nora and Isabel. Any suggestions? I’m still open for other names too.

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 4 weeks ago by Xiaoxiao Xiaoxiao.
    Phlutegirl
    Phlutegirl
    Participant

    Nora!

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    @Phlutegirl you like Nora best?

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I still like Lindsay best! Nora and Isabel are both nice, too.

    Maybe Clara, Sandra, Gabrielle, Abigail, or Hannah?

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    Okay seems like we’re about to have a vote here! @TheWishingStar do you think any of the names you suggested is better than Lindsay?

    @Phlutegirl @kimiha @TheWishingStar @embra @yellowwatts @TwoSapphires (and anyone else too) I would appreciated it if you can give me the orders from best to worst of the names NORA, LINDSAY and ISABEL. And if you feel any name is better than those three please tell me too!

    I will then calculate the “scores”of each name and the one with the highest score will most likely be my name~

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Nora for sure! :)
    Isabel would be my second choice. (Isabel/la is very popular in the US these days but I’m not sure about Australia.)
    Lindsay would be my last choice. It’s a fine name and not flamboyant at all; I’m just not wild about it.

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