As we approach the final stretch of days, and finalising our home for the child, we are now thinking of names.
We’ve thought about this many many months ago, but nine months zoomed by so fast, it was like yesterday that we were celebrating the pregnancy test together. Now with just a few days left before our lives totally change, we are stuck with names.
As Christian chinese, we have two things to work on: Christian (or English) name and Chinese names. We have some some trends over the years where the English name is synchronised with the chinese name, like Jackson Wong Jak Sern, or LeSean Tan Le Sean. It’s like a loop, like how Computer programmers and geeks like me know…such as GNU, which means GNU Not Unix, or PHP, meaning PHP Hypertext Preprocessor. It’s cute for a while, but gets really dry when the whole world is doing it.
So we’ve decided on simply, English name Surname Middle Chinese Last chinese name.
The middle chinese name and Surname are the only ones we have at the moment. The middle chinese name follows the first son of our generation: in this case, my cousin’s baby boy, who was born six months ago. We usually have a family name tree, or poem to dictate which should be the middle chinese name for which generation of our family (chinese is very complicated one). But unfortunately, the poem ended in my generation and we had to come up with new ones for the next generation.
That’s simple. Li. Means strength.
Now for the english and last chinese name!