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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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  • embra
    Participant

    I like Lindsay best & Nora second best. Isabel is a lovely name, but if you are looking for something unusual, it would be best to look elsewhere. As TwoSapphires mentioned, it is wildly popular right now. Nora is pretty in sound, but it makes me think of “neither…nor”, which gives it a vaguely negative feel for me.

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    Now the No.1 is Nora, No.2 Lindsay, No.3 Isabel.

    Go on and vote~

    By the way what do you think of Charlotte? We actually had a dubbing competition at school and I dubbed for Charlotte in “Charlotte’s Web”. And it sounds a bit like my Chinese given name too.

    So you may vote from best to worst for those four names~

    My family name starts with a “K” so I’d be CK if my name is Charlotte and I think that’s a bit funny! And Charlotte seems to be very popular in Australia but I don’t want to share a name with (maybe) a couple of people around me…

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by Xiaoxiao Xiaoxiao.
    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    Anyone please?

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    Okay and what do you think of the names Aurora and Crystal?

    Crystal was suggested by my English teacher. He said the name suit me because I had a kind and genuine heart, just like a crystal.

    As for Aurora… I just like it for it is a beautiful and spectacular natural sight. In my understanding it brings hope to us.

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I like Charlotte a lot!! Aurora is really pretty, but it can be hard to say out loud. Crystal is nice, but it’s less classic-sounding than your other names. And I still think Lindsay, Nora, and Isabel are all nice. I like that Charlotte sounds more like your real name, and I think Lindsay is still a solid choice.

    But I would say go with what YOU like the best, not what some strangers on the internet do! Pick a name that you think you could be happy to be called! Maybe ask some friends or family to call you each of the names for a little while and see how they sound. And go with your own instinct. It’s your name, and you’re going to have to like it, not us.

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    Thank you @TheWishingStar, it’s just that I would like to hear more opinions on those names from foreigners, since the “naming systems” of Chinese and English is different. I think my own feelings for English names may not be accurate enough. Sometimes foreigners choose Chinese names by themselves and for us, their names can seem funny or even a bit embarrassing!


    embra
    Participant

    What do you think of Shauna? That is simple, unusual, easy to say and starts with a sound that (I think) your Chinese name starts with.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    That is true, xiaoxiao. :) I lived in mainland China for a year and Taiwan for 4 years and there were definitely a lot of “interesting” English names that I came across: Monkey, Money, Mattress, Bobo, Asian, and Tingirl, to name a few …

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    @embra Yes, Shauna sounds quite like my Chinese name. I think “shaw” is the best English can do but it’s definitely not a name! I’ve looked at Shauna, Sharon and some other similar names but I found most of them easy to be misspelled and mispronounced. And I would like a name most people can spell and pronounce right.

    Is it really important for us to get a name that sounds similar to our original given name? A lot of my classmates’ names are quite close to their Chinese names but mine seems to be much more difficult in finding something that has a similar pronunciation.

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    @TwoSapphires For me Mattress and Bobo are more like pets’ names… I think it’s common for us to name, for instance, a dog, Bobo.


    embra
    Participant

    No, it isn’t important to have your two names match. You should just pick a name that you like! I was just suggesting it because when you mentioned Charlotte you said it sounded like your given name. I think you have mentioned some good options: Lindsay, Charlotte, Nora, Isabel. They are all pretty names and are not weird or objectionable. I agree with the others that you should just pick the one you like the best.

    Xiaoxiao
    Xiaoxiao
    Participant

    @embra I think they are all great! Right now I cannot decide on one! I’ll think about those names for a couple of weeks and “all will be revealed in the fulness of time”~

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    I think Nora would be nice! But I’ve always really liked Lindsay/Lindsey too!

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