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  1. #1
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    Challenging Naming Task... For Serious Name Nerds Only

    I am having the hardest time getting my wife excited about any of our boy name options. Of all the names we've discussed (which has been a lot) she by far likes Kian the best (with the Persian pronunciation of key-yawn), and it's the only one she's been excited about. She still comes back to it whenever we discuss names, and it is very clearly her favorite (I came to that realization very clearly tonight). I like this name quite a lot and would be fine with using it, however, I feel it sounds too similar to our first son's name, Rayhan (ray-hawn), which makes me feel it's unusable for us.
    Q1) Do you think the two names (Rayhan (ray-hawn) and Kian (key-yawn)) are too similar sounding?

    Over time, she seems to be getting less and less on board with any of my favorite names (came to that realization tonight--- which is a minor tragedy, as my top names are seriously awesome--- Emrys, Evander, Amias, Jasper), and is now at the point where she just wants me to choose the 'English' name and she'll choose a different 'Chinese' name (our kid is 1/2 Chinese, we live in China). I'd do this if we have no other choice, but I really don't like this idea. I want to choose a name in unity (and so does she), one that we both love (for both the 'English' name and Chinese name). I'd rather make the decision(s) in unity even if it meant using a name I don't like as much as my top top choices, rather than using one of my top choices but not in complete unity.

    (Note: With our first son, his Chinese name (which has a great meaning in Chinese) is pronounced exactly the same (ray-hawn) as Rayhan (which is also a very meaningful name in Arabic, Persian and Sanskrit), so his Chinese name is also his regular given name. I don't know if that'll be possible this time around (because it's REALLY hard to find a name that fits that specific criteria, so it's pretty unlikely-- though we were able to do it for our female name choice this time around)).

    One of the reasons she likes Kian so much, is that as well as liking the name itself a lot, she also came up with a similar sounding Chinese name (with a great meaning) that she also really loves.

    As such, my current (really difficult) task is to take Chinese characters and try to combine them into names that could work in both China and America (and elsewhere) as really great names (not just that they'd work, but that it'd make a really great name... I'm a picky name kind of person), in the hope that this will lead me to find a name that my wife can be excited about.

    So I've made a list of some of my favorite name 'sounds' in Chinese and have been trying to piece them together into really great names, but have been having some trouble. The only names I've found, that I like above a low-mediocre level, that seem to have the potential to sound almost exactly the same in Chinese are Jonah and Bolan. Perhaps you can find some other options that I'm missing (?).

    Here are some sounds from Chinese characters (combining one, two or three characters (syllables) together are all okay in Chinese naming, but a four character/syllable given name wouldn't work).
    Q2) Can you come up with any names using combinations from these sounds (doesn't have to be exact to the sounds below, but at least pretty close)? (Note: Spell it however, I'm just giving you the general sounds here (the 'pinyin' is in the (), just in case any of you actually know some Chinese)

    Leo (liu)
    Kai (kai)
    Beau (bo)
    Lynn (lin)
    Joe (zhou)
    De (de)
    Dow (dao)
    Fen (fen)
    Lan (lan)
    Na (na)
    Ty (tai)
    Eye (ai)
    Ke (ke)
    Ee (yi)
    Hi (hai)
    Ba (ba)
    Faye (fei)
    Wren (ren)
    Lee (li)
    Khan (kan)
    Coon (kun)
    Show (shou)
    Too (tu)
    You-n (yun)
    Shoe-n (xun)
    Bye (bai)
    Bing (bing)
    When (wen)
    Loon (lun)
    Dong (dong)
    She (xi)
    Lye (lai)
    Fan (fan)
    Fawng (fang)
    Ge (ge)
    Gehn (gen)
    Gway (gui)
    Way (wei)
    Hong (hong)
    Hway (hui)
    Leeawng (liang)
    Ching (qing)
    Gene (jin)
    G-N (jian)
    May (mei)
    You (yu)
    June (jun)
    Long (long)
    Meng (meng)
    Tz (zi)
    Pay (pei)
    Ping (ping)
    Peng (peng)
    Chee (qi)
    Cheeoww (qiao)
    Shawn (shan)
    Shoe (shu)
    Wrong (rong)
    U-N (yuan)
    Song (song)
    Mean (min)
    Yawn (yan)
    Sheen (xin)
    Shway (xue)
    Yea (ye)
    Yo (you)
    How (hao)
    Yawng (yang)
    Row (rou)


    Lots of other Chinese 'pinyin' of characters that work in given names could be found at http://www.ourbabynames.co.uk/chineseboys.php

    For any of you that are able to put in the time/energy to help out with my unique naming challenge, I am very grateful!
    Last edited by javad; May 5th, 2013 at 11:43 AM. Reason: adding a few sounds to the list
    Updated Name List- http://www.ebabynames.com/list/eff115- Vote away...

  2. #3
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    Sunday afternoon puzzle! The first one I see is Leolin which is the Anglicized version of Llywelyn, meaning lion or leader. Then there's Faolan, Irish meaning wolf. I'll have a think, and see if I can come up with some more. This is fun!
    My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014

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    I see Renly could be made from the ren & li sounds. Game of Thrones fan? Will think about any other possibilities!

    Annora Juliet, Elspeth, Verity, Zelda, Josephine, Marianne, Rosemary Constance
    Edmund Henry, Josiah, Gilbert, August, Wesley, Clifford, Hugh Theodore

  4. #7
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    Bodhi? Super spiritual (means enlightenment in Sanskrit if I remember correctly).
    My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014

  5. #9
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    Oh Javad, you're trying so hard. More than most husbands. I'm feeling your pain. Let me see what I can come up with for you. They might not be exact but they'll be close enough.

    Farren - Faye (fei) and Wren (ren) = Unisex English name for "wanderer"
    Bowen - Beau (bo) and When (wen) = Welsh name meaning "son of Owen"
    Eugene - You (yu) and Gene (jin) = Greek "born to nobility"
    Keelin - Ke (ke) and Lynn (lin) = Irish for "little, slender"
    Kaemon - Kai (kai) and Mean (min) = Japanese for "joyful, right-handed"
    Tyson - Ty (tai) and Shawn (shan) = French "son of Ty"
    Langley - Lan (lan) and Lee (li) = English "long meadow"
    Roland/Rowland - Row (rou) and Lan (lan) = German "famous throughout the land" (you had this one on your list at one time!)
    Paavan - Pay (pei) and Fan (fan) = Indian "purifier"
    Ewan/Ewen - U-N (yuan) or You-n (yun) or You (yu) and When (wen)= Scottish form of John
    Kiran - Ke (ke) and Wren (ren) = Indian for "ray of light"
    Rowan - Row (rou) and Wren (ren) = English rowan tree
    All the best,
    Mischa.

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