Names

September 17th, 2012

As a child, I always hated how long my name was and promised myself that my kids would not have long names. Unfortunately, that did not happen. It happened that we didn’t really like the shorter names or there was something “wrong” with them–like the way they sound to Chinese people.

I just had to label a box of 12 markers, and five other things with Nathaniel’s Chinese name…and for being just three syllables, it’s not short. It has 31 pen strokes. If I had to guess, I’d say that 20 – 25 is average. I really wish I were the mom of one of his classmates. That girl’s name has jut six strokes for three syllables!
And, for the record, Cathrine’s name also has 31. It would have had one less, had Santiago not changed the character that he wanted to use. ‘Yu’ was going to be the character for rain, but he changed it to the one for language. Here’s hoping she becomes the tri-lingual child that she’s supposed to be–and masters baby sign language quickly, too.


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    About Charlotte

    I'm a wife, mom and freelance writer in small town China. My two kids and I are three of the dozen foreigners that live here, though we've yet to meet them.

    We're near enough to Beijing to visit occasionally, but far enough away to make it a bit of a hassle since we don't have a car.