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Thread: Chan for a Girl's Name?
July 31st, 2014 12:16 AM #1
Chan for a Girl's Name?
Chan is the latest Cambodian origin name I have discovered here on Nameberry. I searched it wondering if it was a real first name actually used in the U.S. Turns out it is a unisex name! Pretty uncommon, but still.
Whenever I hear Chan I think of a last name heard in Japan and the name doesn't have any bad associations that come with it (as far as I know). Plus, the name actually has a very sweet meaning to it: sweet smelling tree! I just think it's so cute sounding, and the spelling is just how it sounds and not too long, but it kind of sounds like a nickname for something. I'm not sure what. . . . Does anyone know any girl/unisex names where Chan can be used for a nickname that makes sense? If you do, I would really like to hear them.
Chan is kind of like the name Grace though: I don't know many good middle names besides something like Lynn (too common as a middle name) to go with it . . . . So if anyone has suggestions that would be great!
Famous people relating to the name Chan include singer Chan Marshall, also known as Cat Power (and born Charlyn). <----- Took that from http://nameberry.com/babyname/Chan/girl
I don't know who she is, but still finding no bad associations here.
I just love this name. Thoughts and opinions?
♢BTW: I'm not expecting a child. Just wondering what do you think of this name, good middle names, or other names where it could be used as a nickname.♢
Thanks for the help if you reply.
July 31st, 2014 12:19 AM #3Amity|Colette|Flora|Lark|Linnea|Louisa|Nina|Nora
July 31st, 2014 12:23 AM #5
It could be a nickname for Channingfrontrunners:
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July 31st, 2014 12:48 AM #7
Hmmmm. Dunno how I feel about this one. Being completely honest, what comes to mind immediately is Jackie Chan and Chandler Bing. (And of course Channing Tatum.) Those associations might fade with the generations - probably will. But it's worth considering.
For nicknames - I'm too tired to produce a coherent list at the moment, but I'd strongly suggest playing around with more elaborate, semi-frilly names since it is so short. Something like...
Etc. Hope this helps.Kimimela Liv ("Kimmi") :: Farasha Jasmine ("Farah") :: Daenerys Anastasia ("Dany") :: Primavera Rain ("Prim") :: Arwen Juliet ("Ari") :: Ellaria Aislinn ("Ria")
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July 31st, 2014 12:57 AM #9