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  • 东美琳

    I was born in China, and I came with a name, but my adoptive parents also gave me a Chinese name, and I feel it is disrespectful to change it. Could you tell me if it's lame? My name is 东美琳

    The orphanage director's surname was 东 so that is what it was on my passport. 美琳. 美 was given to me because my adoptive mother is also Chinese, and her mandarin equivalent is 美珠 (her parents speak Hokkien, not mandarin).

    I'm worried my name is too basic or lame, but whether or not it is, there's nothing I can do about it.

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    • Hannah

      Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. After checking with our Chinese teachers here at LTL Taipei, it turns out one of our teachers actually has a friend whose name is also 美琳! So it sounds like a great, modern name. 东 doesn't seem to be a very common surname, but not a bad choice at all as it has a lot of personal meaning to you :)

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  • Chloe

    This is why I still don't have a Chinese name! So difficult.. but the options people have given you sound really nice. I vote for 涵怡 hányí!

    For me, I always think I should have a name that sounds like a real Chinese name - otherwise it seems the same as names like "Window" but the other way around! However I have no idea how to find what girl Chinese names there are that might be similar to my name!

    Also on that note - my favourite names I have come across living in Taiwan include Shrek and Locust :)

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    • Hannah

      Thanks Chloe! I thought 涵怡 was super sweet too, glad it's not just me :D

      Wow, first time I've heard of a Shrek in real life haha! Must be an interesting backstory there...

      Good luck with finding a Chinese name! Do feel free to ask one of our teachers, they'll be able to give you something meaningful and personal to you :) And definitely do let us know if you decide on one!

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    • Amabuo

      汉仪 I vote for hanyi

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    • Amabuo

      涵怡 hanyi

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      • Max Hobbs

        Nice choice!

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