Preparing for Baby Chinese Baby Names for Girls How to Choose a Chinese Girl Name? By Qiu Gui Su Updated October 13, 2017 Pin Flip Email Print Bobi/Getty Images More in Pregnancy Preparing for Baby Weeks and Trimesters Your Body Your Baby Twins or More Staying Healthy Complications & Concerns Pregnancy Loss Prenatal Care Labor and Delivery Postpartum Care View All In Chinese culture, names are very important. A good name can bring respect to its bearer, but a bad name will bring misfortune and a hard life. The characters that make up a person’s name have to be chosen carefully so that they complement each other and follow certain astrological rules. Chinese names are usually made up of three characters. The family name is the first character, and the remaining two characters are the given name. Sometimes, especially in Mainland China, the given name is just one character. Chinese parents have a great responsibility when they choose a name for their baby girl. The name must be harmonious and the characters must combine in such a way as to bring good luck and prosperity to their daughter. Choosing a Name Traditionally, parents would use the services of a fortune teller or an astrologer to suggest a good name for their baby girl. The fortune teller considers the date and time of birth and the surname of the father since children always take their father’s family name. Astrological charts determine which of the five elements (gold, wood, water, fire and earth) are associated with the time of birth. Then, a name must be chosen which is in harmony with these elements. The elements also have to harmonize with the family name. Each Chinese character is associated with a particular element, so the fortune teller is trying to create a name with an ideal combination of elements, such as Gold, Earth, Fire. The fortune teller also has to consider the number of strokes which are used to draw the Chinese characters. After considering all these details, the fortune teller may suggest several names, and the parents must choose one they think is appropriate. A similar process is considered when choosing a name for a boy. Meaning of Names As you can see, picking a Chinese name for a baby girl is not a simple matter. In addition to all the astrological considerations, most parents want their baby girl to have a feminine-sounding name. This is done by including characters with meanings such as beauty, elegance, kindness, flowers, and virtues. Most Chinese characters have a meaning that can be translated into English, but Chinese names are not usually translatable. The characters are chosen for their significance and harmony, but the combined characters usually don’t have a meaning, any more than the English name Sally, for example, has a discernible meaning. Common Chinese Girl Names Here are a few possible Chinese names for baby girls. Pinyin Traditional Characters Simplified Characters Yǎ Líng 雅羚 雅羚 Ān Nà 安納 安纳 Ān Nǐ 安旎 安旎 Bì Qǐ 碧綺 碧绮 Dài Ān 黛安 黛安 Hǎi Róng 海榮 海荣 Jìng Yì 靜義 静义 Jūn Yì 君易 君易 Měi 美 美 Pèi Qǐ 佩綺 佩绮 Rú Yì 如意 如意 Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Get diet and wellness tips to help your kids stay healthy and happy. Email Address Sign Up There was an error. Please try again. Thank you, , for signing up. What are your concerns? Other Inaccurate Hard to Understand Submit Continue Reading Article Choosing Chinese Baby Names for Boys Article How to Choose a Chinese Name by Number of Strokes Article Chinese Names—Choosing a Good Mandarin Name Article How Do You Say These North American Cities in Mandarin Chinese? Article How Are Strokes Used in Chinese Writing? Article Modern Chinese Marry Love With Tradition Article How to Plan a Traditional Chinese Wedding Article How Mandarin Became China's Official Language Article Step-by-Step Guide to Learning Chinese Article How to Pronounce Tsai Ing-wen (Cai Ying-wen) Article Tips on How to Read Chinese Article What Does the Chinese Character 早 Mean? Article Da - "big" - Learn About This Common Chinese Character List Names of Common Flowers in Mandarin Chinese Article How to Say and Write "Good" in Chinese Article How Many Chinese Characters Do You Really Need to Know?