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January 10th, 2013 04:54 PM #11
January 10th, 2013 10:09 PM #13Senior Member
- Join Date
- Dec 2012
- Lijiang, China
Thanks for the responses everyone!
@blade- Some of these names would indeed require some finesse in order to make them work in Chinese (with Chinese characters), and might not come out as exactly the same name (Thaddeus especially), but in all honesty we're having a lot of trouble finding any name that will come out pronounced exactly the same in Chinese characters (we got lucky with finding Rayhan, since it's pronounced exactly the same in Chinese, and we loved the name in multiple languages).
So if we choose a name like Emmerich, his Chinese name would probably end up being pronounced like 'eh my ri'. But we could probably find characters with these pronunciations that could make a nice name to Chinese ears. So a bit far from the same, but some similar sound qualities.
The easiest one to match up Chinese characters with would be Caian ('kai yang' or 'kai yen'), but even that wouldn't come out pronounced exactly the same in Chinese, just pretty close.
If necessary, we might end up just choosing two completely separate names, because finding the perfect one that also works great in Chinese is proving to be impossible. All the other names that convert almost perfectly from the 'English' (or whatever root language) to Chinese are names I can't get myself to want (or some of them sound a bit strange in Chinese), some examples we've looked into being
Jonah (maybe I'll reconsider this one)
among others that I can't recall at the moment
Also, regarding Zamir, it's not necessarily a for sure off the list. I do like it quite a lot, so I'm gonna let it stick around on the list to soak up a bit more reflection.
And yeah, I think I'm cutting Ronen off the list.Updated Name List- http://www.ebabynames.com/list/eff115- Vote away...