What are some of the best English names Chinese people give themselves but are not generally found outside China?
There are some terrible names (e.g. Satan) and some stylish, unique names that are otherwise not found outside China. What's your favorite?
-Andy Clark, Our man in Hong Kong
123 upvotes by Wei Haiping, John H. Hillman, V, Kevin Lin, (more)
My favourites were:
A 45 year old male student with very bad teeth who thought "Cupid Cue" would be perfect for him.
A female student called "Surprise!" was always fun at roll-call.
The all time best however was when I got to attend a meeting in Beijing where one exec had to excuse himself after he got a bad case of the giggles having been handed the business card of "Black Dong" (family name Dong)
Amanda Tendler, China Class of '06, '07, and '13
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Cherry, Apple, Happy, Sunny and of course Coco and its kissing cousin Cece or Cici.
Ultraman and his brother Eggs
Jolly Wang - a Chinese programmer from Tianjin working with a national fast food chain in the U.S. SHE caused fits of giggles whenever she called to talk to the support team stateside.
Here's some other honorable mentions:
a girl named Vernal and a boy named Season (no relation)
Kobe (of course)
Clala(I was so confused and finally I realized it must be Clara, just confused those tricky l and r sounds but no, the mom insisted it was Clala)
Flight and Flie (pronounced like fly, no relation)
Tomphy (Chinese name Tam Fei)
Lawyer (our neighbor's son)
Faceman (lives in the U.S. and manages one location of a nationwide fast food chain)
I'll add more as they present themselves.