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Help my friend raise money ! Donation Stream →

by Soranova

Today im streaming donations for my friend @StarLiteNynx ~
Stream link >
there will be:
5-10$ Chibis
15$ Waist UPS!
and 20$ Full Bodies
Plain old just donation is $5!

I hope someone comes to the stream and help out all donations go right tho her family!
Shes also doing 10$ chibis and waist ups !~ so you can contract her on her deviantart!
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Anonymous said: Is it common and/or accepted to give male- or female-gendered babies names that are opposite-gendered in China? Or are name genders strictly recognized? I've been trying to find lists of given names in China organized by popularity (1 being the most popular, and then ranking names from there), but I keep finding very incomplete lists, which is frustrating because I can find extremely comprehensive baby name lists for America and a few other countries.






No, and not really accepted. 

The Chinese try to make unique names for their children so they stand out of the crowd and aren’t confused with others. It’s actually taboo to name your child after someone else. There are some common given names here.

Names in China are chosen very, very carefully and generational naming trends are common (it’s very common to give one generation of kids in a family a connecting character (Wenting and Wenming, etc).

There are names that sound the same but use completely different characters based on gender, generation, and decided important (Xiaoming can be a male and female name, but it can be written with different characters. It also is the vague equivalent of ‘John/Jane Doe’ in mainland China).

Though there are some names that are more common for men and some for women, it depends entirely on the characters and you absolutely cannot tell gender from names written in pinyin alone (and sometimes not even from the hanzi either).

Basically, you want to be really careful when choosing Chinese names, and you may want to ask someone for help if you’re not sure!

Hi, I’m a Chinese-American writer and I just went through the process of naming some Chinese characters of mine with my mom’s help. I’d still suggest maybe asking for the help of someone who’s native (and literate in Chinese) with the actual names but I can maybe provide a bit more information if you’re unable to do that. 

Chinese names aren’t generally chosen on the basis of gender. There are trends like flower names are generally for girls and dragon names are for boys but I think for the most part Chinese names are gender neutral. Well at least my mom didn’t think it was weird at all that I ended up naming a male character after her. Her name literally means “eagle” though so. Naming kids is a very intensive process. 

There’s generally three words in a chinese name. The family name, the generational name, and the individual name. 

The generational name used to be cycled ever 60 years, according to the book of life which informs a lot of Chinese feng shui belief. Each family tree would have their own list. That way if you found someone with the same generational name and family name, you could probably assume you were related.

However, during the Cultural Revolution, a lot of that was lost. Because the revolution was about casting aside tradition, many families threw away their family book thing, and some, especially those families who strongly subscribed to Communist thought never gave their children generational names. My sister, my cousin, and I all have the same generational name, but it’s not traditional. My mom found a new one she liked. Also, generational names were often split by gender. My dad has different generational names than my aunts. 

Names will also often be derived from the parent’s name. My mom’s individual name, 鹰, has the character 佳, in it, which is my individual name. Additionally, it’s pronounced jiā, which is pronounced the same as my dad’s generational name.  This is something she spent a long time pouring through Chinese dictionaries to find. 

Also to note, something that you’ll probably need someone who’s literate in Chinese for; zodiac and fengshui can and will be taken into account. According to Chinese belief, the day you were born influences a lot of elements. Because my sister’s birthday dictated that she had a lot of water and was lacking in wood, my mom made sure her individual name contained the symbol for wood. 

When creating names for characters, I don’t think you’ll have to go that in depth, but looking up the Chinese elemental system can make for good inspiration. I don’t know it very well but it’s like, someone who’s lacking in fire doesn’t have a lot of ambition, and someone with a lot of wood has the capacity for a lot of growth. 

It’s a bit tricky to approach naming chinese characters because of how closely it ties to the family aspect, but don’t let that discourage you! Just give a lot of thought as to which words you want to use and what meanings they will bring to a character’s life. 

I’m fairly certain this the way naming kids works but this also might just be my family. Anyway, I hope that was helpful!

More fyi, Chinese names can also be just two characters. The first one, the surname; the second one, the first/individual name. Homonyms are also a consideration, as parents try to pick names that can’t easily be turned into a playground taunt. 

ALL OF THE ABOVE. Many given names have two characters, most family names have one, but there are Chinese last names that have two characters! (I just spoke to someone with the family name of ‘Sima’ for example.) The Old Hundred Names are the most common surnames, but they aren’t the only ones out there!

(Don’t forget the many Chinese minorities either!)

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