Chinese New Year Names: The Year of the Rabbit
Elisabeth Wilborn, creator of one of our absolute favorite blogs, You Can’t Call It “It,” imparts ideas on how to tie your child’s name to the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. You can also find Elisabeth at The Itsy Factor, or at home with her family in Brooklyn.
How happy I am to usher in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. It’s not a rat, a tiger, a snake or something equally frightful sounding. It’s not a pragmatic pig nor an ox, as my own children claim, but a lovable cute bunny rabbit (we like to refer to the pig year as “the year of the golden boar” by the way– so much nicer).
Even if you’re not Chinese, don’t you suspect that after thousands of years maybe they’re onto something? Not only does the rabbit sound sweet and cuddly, but it also happens to have some of the most pleasant characteristics associated with it. Considered a most auspicious sign, your 2011 bon vivant will have good taste, good fortune, and live forever. Or something like that. Those born in a rabbit year have an appreciation of beauty and make great artists and curators, favor peace over conflict, are demure, well-liked, and well-mannered. A downfall may be that their taste for luxury borders on over indulgence, but being lucky with money, this likely won’t result in dire straits. Above all, they have a tendency to be happy.
When the Chinese look at the moon, they see the hare standing underneath the cassia tree, grasping the elixir of immortality. During the autumn harvest festival, Chinese children carry paper lanterns shaped like rabbits and climb up the hills to observe the lovely moon hare, which symbolizes the start of day and the yin of heaven.
These names reflect symbols and characterizations associated with the rabbit. While this may be a cultural bastardization of sorts to go from Chinese astrology to Greek mythology, consider it a way to honor more than one heritage.
- Pax, Paz
- Salome, Shalom
East, the Zodiac Location:
Green, the Symbolic Color:
Wood, the Fixed Element:
- An- “peace”
- Chan– “prosperous”
- Chen– “morning”
- Chun- “spring”
- Hui- “wise”
- Lin– “forest” or “fine jade”
- Mei– “beautiful” or “plum”
- Min– “clever”
- Mu- “wood”
- Ning- “peaceful”
- Zheng- “just, proper”
- Harlan- “hare land”
- Harley- “hare clearing”
- Shashi- Sanskrit, a name for the moon that means “in possession of a hare”
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on February 3rd, 2011 at 2:48 am
Aw, I was hoping for some names meaning “rabbit.”
on February 3rd, 2011 at 8:44 am
You’re right Caroline. Let’s add these:
Harlan- “hare land”
Harley- “hare clearing”
Shashi- Sanskrit, a name for the moon that means “in possession of a hare”
Thanks Pam and Linda for having me, and happy new year!
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on February 3rd, 2011 at 8:49 am
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on February 3rd, 2011 at 9:20 am
新年快乐 (Happy New Year!) Great list.
on February 3rd, 2011 at 9:25 am
Great write, Elisabeth! I really like a lot of these names. There’s Winifred, Edith, Lucretia, Hugo & Feliix! I also adore Flora and find Min the most fabulous sound. An absolutely fabulous list, great job!
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on February 3rd, 2011 at 10:58 am
Great list! I love the name Clover! For names not on your list, I also like Ash for a tree-name, and Xiu (elegant) and Lan (orchid).
Remember, though- the lunar new year is celebrated all across Asia, not just China!
on February 3rd, 2011 at 11:59 pm
Some lovely names here…
Solomon, Beatrix, Blythe, Phoebe, Edwin, Prosper, Daphne, Hazel, Linnea and Ambrose are my favorites!
on February 4th, 2011 at 11:43 am
Those are definitely most of my favorites to Elle!
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on February 11th, 2011 at 1:51 am
“Tu” or “Tuzi” is rabbit in Chinese.
on February 17th, 2011 at 12:56 am
I’m a rabbit and there are many great names on this list. It is interesting that my year is a Wood Rabbit (2011 is a Metal Rabbit) and I love most of the Wood names on this post, particularly Hazel, Daphne, Linnea, Aspen, Acacia.
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Ada (prosperous and happy)
Blade (good fortune)
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