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I'm Asian-American — Why I Gave My Kids The Whitest Names Possible

I'm Asian-American — Why I Gave My Kids The Whitest Names Possible | Name News | Scoop.it
For many of us, that dreaded pause right before someone fails at our name is a daily reminder that we do not belong here.
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“Year of the Dragon” Baby Names –

“Year of the Dragon” Baby Names – | Name News | Scoop.it
Chinese Dragon at The Venetian, 2021 My husband and I visited Las Vegas recently, and the casinos were all decked out for Chinese New Year (which falls on February 12th this year). Decorations incl…
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New CatholicMom article, and info on Chinese and Japanese names

New CatholicMom article, and info on Chinese and Japanese names | Name News | Scoop.it
Happy Thursday everyone! A few things of interest today: My January CatholicMom article is up! "Naming Your Baby After St. Joseph" was informed by a couple of blog posts I did recently to help expectant parents (and Confirmation candidates?) work St. Joseph into their babies' names (or their own) during this year devoted to him.…
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I want my baby to grow up proud of her heritage. But with rising anti-Chinese racism, I'm struggling | CBC Radio

I want my baby to grow up proud of her heritage. But with rising anti-Chinese racism, I'm struggling | CBC Radio | Name News | Scoop.it
The choice of my child's name is just one way I am trying to instill a sense of pride in her Chinese heritage. I want her to embrace it, even though anti-Chinese racism has been on the rise since COVID-19.

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China's two-child policy means more babies named after mum

China's two-child policy means more babies named after mum | Name News | Scoop.it
BEIJING - When Wang Rong gave birth to her second son, she reminded her husband of a promise he made even before their wedding: to let her pass on her family name.
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Cliff Dwelling: Interesting Names Revealed From "Who's Who in America 1904"

GIRLS
Abba - I hadn't seen this as a girl's name before
Giulielma
Lien - Chinese
Zitkala-Sa  - Sioux, meaning "red bird" or "cardinal bird". She lived in Utah and studied the Ute Indians here, even though she was a Yankton Dakota Sioux who had been educated in the East.

BOYS
Ammi - 
Claiborne
Kan-Ichi  - Japanese
Ming - Chinese
Odus - an alternate spelling of Otis?
Wing - Chinese

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Lunar New Year Baby Names Inspired By The Zodiac Rat | HuffPost Canada Parents

Lunar New Year Baby Names Inspired By The Zodiac Rat | HuffPost Canada Parents | Name News | Scoop.it
Any parent who names their kid Splinter gets ALL our respect.
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First exoplanet found by Chinese astronomers named after moon goddess

First exoplanet found by Chinese astronomers named after moon goddess | Name News | Scoop.it
The first exoplanet discovered by Chinese astronomers and its host star have been named "Wangshu" and "Xihe," which mean moon goddess and sun goddess respectively in Chinese mythol
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Wen –

Wen – | Name News | Scoop.it
Wen is a Chinese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: wén 文 "literature, culture, writing"; wén 雯 "multicolored clouds"; There are likely other meanings depending on the characters used. Wen is also a Chinese surname and has various meanings depending on the characters used: wén 文 "literature, culture, writing"; wēn 温 "warm; to review"; wén 聞 "to hear; to…
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You know my name? –

You know my name? – | Name News | Scoop.it
when California treasurer and former Supervisor Fiona Ma was running for the state Treasurer seat in 2018, her Chinese name by birth did not appear on the translated ballots. It was frustrating for her as she has used her Chinese name in all translated ballots previously in local elections in San Francisco, which likely boosted votes for her among Chinese speaking voters.
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Yuhan –

Yuhan – | Name News | Scoop.it
Yuhan is a Chinese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: yu: 玉 "jade; precious stone; gem; pure, beautiful"; 愉 "happy; pleased; delightful"; 雨 "rain"; 宇 "house; building; universe"; 裕 "abundant, rich, plentiful"   han: 悍 "fierce; brave, courageous; violent, cruel" Origin: Chinese  
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Mei –

Mei – | Name News | Scoop.it
Mei is a Chinese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the Chinese characters used: měi 美 "beautiful, pretty, good"; mei 梅 "plum, plum flower; Chinese plum" There are likely other meanings. Mei is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: me "bud, sprout, shoot" + i 衣 "clothing"…
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Girl About Globe | How China could end Rain and Snow - and avoid Typhoons

William is one of the top three names for newborn boys in the USA. Under Trump, it seems more and more people are making a Will. But might a Typhoon be born this year, there or elsewhere? If naming fashions continue, maybe. Baby names chosen by parents in the United Kingdom were announced by the …
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A Chinese writer's take on English word names.

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What Influenced the Baby Name “Tiger”? –

What Influenced the Baby Name “Tiger”? – | Name News | Scoop.it
Tiger Woods For the longest time, I was mystified by the popularity graph for the baby name Tiger. It shows two distinct spikes in usage: one in 1997/1998, the other in 2010. The initial spike alig…
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Why 1.2 billion people in China share the same 100 surnames

Why 1.2 billion people in China share the same 100 surnames | Name News | Scoop.it
If you stop a random person on the street in China, there's a pretty good chance their surname would be either Wang, Li, Zhang, Liu or Chen.
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Dongmei

Dongmei | Name News | Scoop.it
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Origin: ChineseSpelling: 冬梅 (most popular)Meaning: "winter plum."Gender: unisexApprox Pron: (DAWNG-MAY) The name is a transliteration of the Chinese unisex name 冬梅 (winter plum). This is the most popular form. Other character combinations for this name are possible, which then alters the meaning and in some cases, the gender. There is…
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China's two-child policy means more babies named after mom

China's two-child policy means more babies named after mom | Name News | Scoop.it
Giving the mother's surname to a child is gaining traction in Chinese cities, defying deeply entrenched family traditions in the country.
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Name Story: Anna May Wong –

Name Story: Anna May Wong – | Name News | Scoop.it
Chinese-American movie star Anna May Wong was born “Wong Liu Tsong” in Los Angeles in 1905. Here’s what she had to say about her birth name in 1926: I was named Wong Lew Song, whi…
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20 Beautiful Traditional Chinese Baby Names

20 Beautiful Traditional Chinese Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
The Chinese language is so varied, meaning there are so many different kinds of names to choose from -- and they're all equally beautiful.
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The Unexpected Introduction of Jade –

The Unexpected Introduction of Jade – | Name News | Scoop.it
Here’s one I didn’t expect: the baby name Jade, very trendy during the last quarter of the 20th century, was put on the onomastic map in the U.S. thanks to one of the strangest roles of…
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Yao-ji –

Yao-ji – | Name News | Scoop.it
Yao-ji is the name of a goddess in Chinese mythology, a mountain goddess of Wu Mountain. Yao-ji is also a Chinese given name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: yáo 瑶 "jade; mother-of-pearl" + jī 姬 "beauty; imperial concubine" (瑶姬); *female only yào 耀 "shine, dazzle, brilliant" + jī 基 "base; foundation" (耀基); yáo 姚 "handsome, elegant" + jī 基"base;…
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Tai –

Tai – | Name News | Scoop.it
Tai is a Chinese unisex name (as well as a surname also spelled Dai) with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: tài 太 "very, extreme; excessive; big; highest; elder"; tài 泰 "extreme; greatest; safe, peaceful; big, large; good, excellent;", also used as shortened form of Thailand; Tai can also be used as part of a compound name,…
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From ‘fight America’ to ‘poetic rain’: what naming trends say about a changing China

From ‘fight America’ to ‘poetic rain’: what naming trends say about a changing China | Name News | Scoop.it
Chinese given names are mostly two or three characters long, but they can be packed with history
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Special Name: Meet the teen who has named 600,000 Chinese babies

Special Name: Meet the teen who has named 600,000 Chinese babies | Name News | Scoop.it
When Beau Jessup came up with an idea to help Chinese families name their babies, even she thought it was a bit far-fetched.
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An update on this business. Still going strong!

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Why Chinese students don’t need ‘English’ names

Why Chinese students don’t need ‘English’ names | Name News | Scoop.it
Studying language can be a transformative experience, but you should not need to devise an English-speaking alter ego in order to learn a language.
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