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How to Write My Name In Chinese

Updated on February 6, 2014

My Name in Chinese Writing

Learning how to write your name in Chinese is easy and it's lots of fun. Chinese characters are beautiful, timeless, and they even make great designs for tattoos or art work. Unless you know the Chinese language though it's easy to get a design that is nonsense at best to downright nasty. I've always been interested in Chinese culture, so it's natural that I'd want to know how to write my name in Chinese. Marrying a native Chinese lady almost made it mandatory:) I'm lucky - my name is simple and it translates directly to several different Chinese characters. Besides, I have my wife to help me when I get confused.


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The Most Common Way to Write My Name in Chinese

I guess I am pretty person...

The most common Chinese translation of my name is pronounced Kěn and can mean to agree, to consent, to be ready, or willing. I can live with that - I think it fits me better than the English meaning of my name but my wife (who is Chinese) laughed when I showed her. It turns out that Ken translates to at least 4 different Chinese words, I'll show the rest soon). To find out how to write YOUR name in Chinese, follow this link:

Oxford Chinese-English Dictionary - Perfect for beginners...

 

Teach Yourself Chinese Caligraphy - Want to REALLY learn how to write in Chinese?

Sure, it's fun looking up your name in Chinese on the Internet, but it's even more fun to actually learn how to write in Chinese. Traditional Chinese writing is done with brushes, and Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy: A Structured Course in Creating Beautiful Brush Lettering makes it easy (at least "easier") to learn. You'll also need a brush set, and since Chinese characters are based on size and ratio, practice paper with the correct grid pattern is also very helpful.

Not all names translate...

Some English names don't have a corresponding Chinese word that sounds similar - for example, the Chinese language doesn't use the "R" sound. If that's the case with your name, just look up the English meaning of your name and find the Chinese character with the same meaning.

Another Way To Write My Name In Chinese

OK, so I enjoy my food...

The second Chinese translation of my name is also pronounced Kěn and mean to gnaw, to nibble, or to bite. I'm not really sure I like that - unless it means that I like food (which I do). I don't think I'd pick this Chinese character as my name symbol though...

A Peaceful Chinese Translation Of My Name

It fits my Dad to a tee...

I was named after my Dad, and the third Chinese translation of my (our) name means to reclaim land or to cultivate. This fits my Dad perfectly - he's an avid gardener and he can make anything grow. When we first moved to Bishop he spent an entire summer sifting rocks out of fill dirt and transformed our yard from bare dirt to a beautiful park-like setting. Both he and my Mom grow excellent vegetables, and if I was picking out a Chinese symbol for my dad, this would be the one.

A Chinese Translation I Need To Work On

This one doesn't fit as well as it should...

The fourth way to write my name in Chinese means earnest and I was kind of embarrassed to see it because I don't live up to this translation as well as I should. On the other hand it's a motivation to be a little more serious and sincere.

Displaying Chinese Characters on Your PC - What if my computer won't display Chinese characters?

If your operating system doesn't have Asian language support, you won't be able to display Chinese characters. Fortunately it's easy to set up. Here are links to install Asian language support on Windows and MacOS.

Installing East Asian Languages in Windows XP

Installing East Asian Languages in Windows Vista

Installing East Asian Languages in Windows 7

Using East Asian Languages in MacOS

Oxford Beginner's Chinese Dictionary - Best Chinese-English dictionary for learning Chinese...

Oxford Beginner's Chinese Dictionary
Oxford Beginner's Chinese Dictionary

The Oxford Beginner's Chinese Dictionary makes it easy to learn Chinese. You can look up the word by Chinese pronunciation to find the English meaning OR look up by English spelling to find the Pinyin characters and Chine translation. It also includes a phrase finder, many tips on correct Chinese grammar, and a great section on life and culture in China. Perfect for those just learning the Chinese language...

 

Kairishima - Very joyful day or season...

A Little About Me

In a way, I've always been Chinese...

I was born with jaundice, so my skin was yellow... leading my uncle to tease my parents that they'd had a Chinese baby. Fast forward 18 years, and in spite of a lifetime of traditional German cooking by my Mom and Grandma, my favorite food was... Chinese. Fast forward again to 1995 and I was looking for room mates. The ones I found were graduate students from China. A year after they moved in, I met a beautiful Chinese penpal. She couldn't come here to visit me, so I went to China to visit her. Long story short... we got approved for her visa in summer of 1997, married in December 1997, and today we have two wonderful sons.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Very informative lens. I especially like how the Chinese symbol seems evolve as its meaning changes, yet retains the 'core' of the symbol. A beautifully writtenlanguage.

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 5 years ago

      Interesting lens! unfortunately my windows does not support chinese, so when I type my name I cannot see the corresponding chinese symbol.

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      lychic 5 years ago

      You know the US President Lincoln, his Chinese name is written as your name, which means to agree, to consent, to be ready, or willing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ausum mindblowing

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      How cool! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Arindom

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I enjoyed this. Now, I'm off to see if I can find my name in Chinese.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Found Rose ... great!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Chinese is so fascinating, and I found my name Shirley

      English Meaning: Thankful person,it means surely the lord is with me,lovely meadow, a wonderful grandmother, gorgeous by nature, a wonderful best friend and more

      WOW, I have a lot to live up to it seems, but yes, I know the Lord is with me, and though I was born with an evil and sinful nature, by grace through faith, I'm now clothes with the spotles "robe of righteousness" though faith in the Lord Jesus my dear Saviour.

      Thank you so much for sharing this!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      garo

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      Shinkarom 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. How is name Dmytro translated into Chinese?

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I liked how my name looked written in Chinese and the meaning sounds a lot like me.

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      KReneeC 4 years ago

      What a fun lens!

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      Millionairemomma 4 years ago

      Yes I do because I studied in China for many years. Can you read and write in Chinese? It's quite fun.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Yes, my grandfather taught me how to write my name. It is a phonetic translation of my English name though.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      haha

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      mmmmmmmmmmm

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      khongor14 4 years ago

      Then how to spell our names? Ni she shui Zhon wuen, semmo minzi?

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      vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

      I never thought of writing in Chinese but after reading this lens you've got me interested. Thanks!

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      Cindy 4 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      I'd love to check out how to write my name in chinese, thanks for showing us how, it does make beautiful artwork! xo

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      roseannyoung 4 years ago

      Thanks so much!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      m

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      puneet rajput

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      No :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      no i don't know how to write my name in chinese

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yes

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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      Not yet! But I am learning!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nada

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      jaystanley 4 years ago

      greats

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      éæ ¼ææ¯ Awesome!! tyvm

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      shaheel

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nathan

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I want to know that how to write my name in Chinese

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      some one please write me how to write JANARDHAN in china script...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      samantha

      tell me how to write my name in chinese pleez

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i don't know

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      seezu

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      TeachBen 4 years ago

      You could also choose your own name, I got a Chinese name from a Chinese friend of mine its å²æ¬å

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      jiashi 4 years ago

      @anonymous: è¨æ¼è

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      No, I do not, but I should like to.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      NO, that is why I looked here. Still do not know how to do it!

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      glenbrook 3 years ago

      @anonymous: If you follow the first link I provided (How to write YOUR name in Chinese) you'll find this:

      ç丽è²

      The first character, ç, is pronounced 'ma' and means agate or cornelian

      The second character, 丽,is pronounced 'li' and means beautiful, magnificent, or elegant

      The third character, è², is pronounced 'lian' and means lotus, water lily, or paradise

      Cheers,

      glockr

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Awesome lens! Shaed via Pinterest.

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      shewins 3 years ago

      The shapes are beautiful.

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      Socialpro54 LM 3 years ago

      I learned something today..

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I 'm Chinese and I'm 8! " Genevieve " isn't a popular name, plus this the the Chinese version of my name: Xiang Xiang. The x sounds like a s, and the iang are just like a following y sound.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Hello my name is Karishma. I have been trying to get my name written in Chinese for so long because I want to get it on a necklace for my birthday. Can you please help me? Or your wife? Please. It is pronounced ka ri shi ma. Please and thank you in advance

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      glenbrook 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I put a graphic just above. I hope it's helpful:)

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      jiashi 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Maybe å¡è¯ç I think.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Hello!Every one my name is sopha kim and eighteen years old. I want to write my name in Chinese ,Who can write for me .Please ....

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      zeenathkousar 3 years ago

      can anyone pleasec write my name zeenath in chinsese.....

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      sayali

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      roshan-chanaka1 2 years ago

      roshan

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      roshan-chanaka1 2 years ago

      hansi

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      prem 2 years ago

      i need im name in chinsese..........

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      charbil 10 months ago

      how r u i am Charbil please i want to do my name ( tattoo ) but in chinese letters, how can i write charbil in chinese?

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      mina 10 months ago

      Please write my boyfriend's name in chinese. His name in Mahyar

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