Chinese people with English 'names'

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    I dunno about in hk, but when i was in China teaching one summer.. apparently, the crazy names often come from bored (and mean) english teachers who are given the duty of naming the students.

    i've met Fast, Clever, Milkman, Condom, Angry, Shiny, Pebble and lots of others..

    In hk, i actually find funny is that the pronuciation is often different from the spelling.. Pekkle = pickle, Joan = Joanne, Shelbie = Sherby,


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    met 2 guys in the office the other day who had come to sort out some techie stuff called dog and koala :-)


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    Just received and email from a "Winky"


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    I've had 3 customers in 10 years named Wingo. I always thought they were saying Ringo but NO, it's Wingo.


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    Not China, but hey...when I was in Korea I met a Harry Potter...was all the rage for lots of kids.


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    Yeah, and girls in HK love the name "Pinky". I have met 3 Pinky so far.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Melb:
    Apparently "Porn" is a very common name in Thailand (one of those Thai nicknames I think). I'm making no further comment.
    Actually. one of my Thai ex-colleagues' proper name was Pornpol (or something like that), so I think it is just a shortening of a proper Thai name.

    I am making a big assumption here but I am guessing that most of these silly names belong to the 'younger' generation of Chinese?
    Most of the elder lot seem to be called Susan, Amy, Carol or Vivienne. And that's just the blokes!!!

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    The names are adopted and readily changed. My guess is that they realise the errors of their earlier years and change their names to something more acceptable.


  9. #49
    Quote Originally Posted by sylvesterjay:
    Not China, but hey...when I was in Korea I met a Harry Potter...was all the rage for lots of kids.
    There is a channel 10 Sydney-based news reporter named Harry Potter. Snow white hair, older gentlemen (60s?). Always sounds weird when he signs off "Harry Potter, Network Ten News".

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    one of my hubby's closest friends changes his english name about every 6 months....it gets really confusing, so we just stick witht he chinese name...


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