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100 Chinese Names for Boys with Meanings

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What’s in a name? In Chinese culture, a lot!

Chinese names are rife with meaning, with naming conventions that go beyond what sounds nice and what means nice things. There are many things to consider when choosing a Chinese name, and we’ll be discussing them below.

 

Chinese names are composed of two things: a surname and a given name. Surnames are often monosyllabic names that have been used by a family for generations. Given names, on the other hand, are names chosen by parents for their children. However, it’s never just a simple matter of picking out a name that parents like. There are other considerations when parents want to pick out a name for their child.

With over 106,000 Chinese characters that can all be used to name a child, there’s a lot of diversity when it comes to Chinese names. These are often chosen based on what sounds pleasing and what they mean. Since many given names have two syllables, two Chinese characters may be combined to form the name of a child. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the meaning of the name is a combination of the two characters. Instead, the “meaning” of the name can be gleaned independently of the characters used.

The Many Names of Chinese Individuals

Chinese names have many different conventions. There are also taboos regarding names, as well as different names to be used in different occasion.

One taboo is naming a child after an ancestor. Elder members of the family and people who are in positions of authority must not be called by their real name by those inferior to them or those younger than them. It considered bad form to call someone of higher authority by their real name, which is why they have acceptable names that those below them are allowed to use to refer to them. So, when a baby is born into the family and they are named after an ancestor, calling that child by their ancestor’s name is akin to speaking aloud the name of said ancestor without formality.



Chinese people also have alternative names. Milk names are given to babies right at their birth. Traditionally, babies are named to be registered a month to a hundred days after their birth. In the meantime, they’re given a milk name before a formal name is settled upon. It’s said that babies are given disgusting or insulting names to ward off evil spirits that want to harm the child. However, this becomes quite inconvenient since some milk names continue on to be a nickname used by close family members. Now just imagine how annoying it would be to have the milk name “chamberpot” and have that become your nickname among family members!

The Chinese also employ the use of nicknames that are based on a person’s physical attributes, speaking style, or behavior. They can also be based on animal names, wherein it’s said that the bearer of that nickname possesses the attributes of the animal they’re named after.

A Chinese child’s nickname may also be influenced by which generation they are born into. Some families predetermine a theme for the names of future children born into different generations. Every child recorded into the family records of a generation would share an identical character in their names. It can be worked out in advance in the form of a generation poem, and this can plan up to 32 generations. However, it’s usually just the boys in the family that get the generation names.

Common Chinese Names for Boys

As with most cultures, parents choose the name of their child based on its meaning, and this meaning usually has something to do with the traits they wish to bestow upon their child. Most names for Chinese boys have at least one character for a good quality such as strength, intelligence, bravery, mastery, and virtue. These positive qualities can also be combined with positive abstract ideals such as peace, love, fortune, or victory. Nature also plays a great role in naming conventions for baby boys, with many names that include animals (particularly oxen and dragons), mountains, waterfalls, clouds, sky, fire, and others.

Revolutionary names have also become common after the victory of the Communists in the Civil war. These names reflect traits of nationalism, with names that means “strong nation,” “strengthening the nation,” “eastern wind,” and “love of country.”

Homonyms in Chinese Names

You might be surprised that some names that sound similar have different meanings. This is because many Chinese characters can be pronounced the same but have different meanings depending on their spelling. This is why it’s important to know the spelling of the name you want to choose, so as to be clear about what the name means.



Below are some popular and not-so-popular Chinese names you might want to know about. It’s a very rudimentary guide for what Chinese names for boys are like, but they can give you an idea of the different names Chinese people give to boys along with their meaning.

Aiguo means “love country; patriotic”

An means “peace”

Bai means “clear, white”

Bingwen means “master of arts”

Bojing means “gentle waves”

Bolin means “gentle rain”

Chaoxiang means “expecting fortune”

Chenglei means “become great”

Chongan means “second brother peace”

Chonglin means “second brother unicorn”

Deming means “virtue bright”

Déwei means “highly virtuous”

Dingxiang means “stability and fortune”

Donghai means “eastern sea”

Duyi means “independent wholeness”

Fan means “mortal”

Fang means “honest and upright”

Fu means “wealthy”

Gan means “dare; adventure”

Gen means “a root”

Gui means “honored; noble”

Guiren means “valuing benevolence”

Guozhi means “may the state govern, or may the kingdom heal”

Han means “Korean”

Hongqi means “red flag”

Hop means “agreeable”

Huiqing means “liberal good luck”

Huojin means “fire metal”

Jaw-Long means “like a dragon”

Jiang means “Yangtze river”

Jianyu means “building the universe”

Jiayi means “auspicious one”

Jin means “gold”

Jinjing means “gold mirror”

Junjie means “handsome and outstanding”

Kang means “well-being”

Lei means “thunder”

means “strength”

Liu means “the willow”

Lok means “happiness”

Longwei means “dragon greatness”

Manchu means “pure”

Ming-Húa means “brilliant, elite”

Mingyu means “bright jade”

Minzhe means “sensitive and wise”

Peizhi means “respectful”

Ping means “stable”

Qianfan means “thousand sails”

Qiang means “strong”

Qing means “sky blue”

Qiqiang means “enlightenment and strength”

Qiquiang means “strong knowledge”

Qiu means “autumn”

Ru means “scholar”

Shan means “hills, mountains”

Shanyuan means “mountain spring”

Shen means “spirit; deep thought”

Shihong means “mankind is red”

Shing means “victory”

Shining means “world at peace”

Shoi-Ming means “life of sunshine”

Shu-Sai means “happy all his life long”

Song means “pine tree”

Tengfei means “soaring high”

Tingfeng means “thunderbolt peak”

Tingguang means “glory of the court”

Tung means “all, universal”

Wei means “high, lofty, or heroic, remarkable”

Weiyuan means “preserving depth”

Weizhe means “great sage”

Wen means “genial”

Wencheng means “genial and accomplished”

Wenyan means “refined and virtuous”

Xiang means “circling in air like a bird”

Xiaobo means “little wrestler”

Xiaodan means “little dawn”

Xiaosheng means “little birth”

Xiaowen means “filial, civil”

Xiasheng means “little birth”

Xin means “new”

Xiu means “cultivated”

Xueyou means “studious and friendly”

Yang means “model; pattern”

Yaochuan means “honoring the river”

Yi means “firm and resolute”

Yingjie means “brave and heroic”

Yingpei means “should admire”

Yongzheng means “forever righteous”

Yuanjun means “fountain of joy”

Zedong means “kindness to the east”

Zemin means “favor to the people”

Zhaohui means “brightness returns”

Zhensheng means “may the government rise”

Zhiqiang means “the will is strong”

Zhìxin means “a man of ambition”

Zhìyuan means “ambition”

Zhong means “loyal; steadfast”

Zian means “self peace”

Zihao means “son heroic”

Zixin means “son new”

Whether a name means a positive trait, a natural phenomenon, or their birth order in the family, you can’t deny that Chinese names have a nice sound to them. We hope you enjoyed learning about different Chinese names for boys in this list!

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