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What do you think of the name Jason?

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emjan Sun 28-Jun-15 03:03:28

What do you think of the name Jason? .

I am a 33 year old male. I am a Chinese. I am thinking of calling myself Jason. Any comments are welcomed.


HirplesWithHaggis Sun 28-Jun-15 03:31:53

It's fairly neutral these days, in the UK. I have a research-scientist friend called Jason, he's late 30's/early 40's. There's also a builder character in Coronation Street (v popular soap opera/long running drama series) in his late 20's with the same name,so there's no real"stereotype" attached tp the name at the moment.

FraggleHair Sun 28-Jun-15 04:45:36

Hello emjam, I understand a lot of Chinese people moving to the UK adopt a Western name and I can imagine it must be hard to choose a name when they're all fresh to you. I wouldn't know where to start if I had to choose a Chinese name.

I would say that even though Jason is an ancient Greek name it's considered very dated in a more 1970s way and is therefore not a popular name for babies born these days. But obviously you're not a baby so the name Jason is probably era appropriate for a 33 year old.

I really don't like it though!

If I was you I'd go for something like Alex (also Greek) or Adam, both good classic names without the dated feel that Jason has.

lolalotta Sun 28-Jun-15 06:04:50

Jason is dated!

Chips1999 Sun 28-Jun-15 06:32:49

I think I'd choose something like James instead of Jason, Jason is quite dates to me. I also have a Chinese BIL called Jason...I think it's quite popular for Chinese people grin

OneDayWhenIGrowUp Sun 28-Jun-15 07:09:52

For a baby, it would seem dated. But for someone in their 30s actually I quite like it. When I was at school I'd have thought anyone called Jason must be really cool (thinking Jason Donovan/Jason Priestley!) so actually, in this situation, I vote yes grin

downgraded Sun 28-Jun-15 07:14:48

It's dated for a baby but about right if you're in your thirties.

We have a few little Chinese boys at school with quite dated sounding names to our ears. We've got a Mike, an Ian and a Steve, all in infants!

Makes me smile

QueefOfTheSporned Sun 28-Jun-15 07:20:10

I like it. It's perfect for your age group.

Fairylea Sun 28-Jun-15 07:28:27

I think Jason is very 1980s. Maybe fitting to your age in that case smile (I'm in my 30s too by the way). If you like the "Ja" sound personally I'd go for something more classic like James.

Peanut14 Sun 28-Jun-15 07:30:01

If you like Jason, go for it, it's a nice name and it's nice that you yourself can choose your own (western) name.

As for the op who claims Ian, Mike & Steve being dated names for babies, what a load of rubbish. I know plenty of children called Mike & Steve.

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Sun 28-Jun-15 07:33:34

I don't like it. I'm about the same age as you and disagree it's age appropriate, I don't know a single one my age. I know a few older though (40's).
I would go with something like Tom or Ben or Dan.

Hellolemonade Sun 28-Jun-15 07:50:02

I don't understand why Chinese people do this. Is there something wrong with your given name? Would it be weird if I moved to China and changed my name to a Chinese one? Jason is absolutely horrible.

Raines100 Sun 28-Jun-15 08:36:02

I fell in love with a Jason, and now I'm married to him grin. He's 34, so definitely think it's age appropriate for you.

Cliffdiver Sun 28-Jun-15 08:38:18

It makes me think of that Only Fools and Horses episode when Del Boy was talking about someone who was gay and said in a camp voice: 'Jason' grin

getbusyliving Sun 28-Jun-15 09:31:01

The sound Jason is pleasant enough, but when I imagine a 'Jason' I think of a stocky, tattooed, white van man driver. Nothing wrong with that of course.

Some names that i cannot visualise or stereotype are Harry, James, Alex, William, Tom.

Are you able to say what your real name is? Maybe no need to westernise it? ��

MamaLazarou Sun 28-Jun-15 09:35:17

I love it.

BadHenry Sun 28-Jun-15 09:53:50

Its not awful, and it is age appropriate, but it makes me think of Jason Donovan and since you have free choice to pick a brand new name I think there are better choices.


All great, classic choices.

Branleuse Sun 28-Jun-15 11:36:00

i like it. i don't think its dated

TheHumblePotato Sun 28-Jun-15 12:05:34

I think it's slightly dated and reminds me of a lot of characters from soaps but of course not everyone would share a similar association. I'd second BadHenry's choices r.e. classical choices like James.
Perhaps even

IsadoraQuagmire Sun 28-Jun-15 12:21:12

I think of it as an ancient Greek name (eg Jason and The Argonauts) I like it.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 28-Jun-15 12:24:46

Sound a bit dated to my ear but I like Jaysmile

Angelto5 Sun 28-Jun-15 12:37:50

I'm also married to a Jason (late 30's) & he hates it as it's very dated (1970's).

He much prefers being called jay (I only usually call him Jason when he's annoying me grin )

But if you like the name,go for it!smile

Also I think Michael is a timeless name - our 16 year old son is a Michael & know many others of different ages!

WorktoLive Sun 28-Jun-15 12:38:01

You're asking in the wrong place OP. People on here have very strong views on names that are a lot less common in real life.

It's fine and lots of men your age are called Jason.

I assume that you have thought this through in that it doesn't mean anything silly or offensive in Chinese and it is easily pronouncable to Chinese speakers?

getbusyliving Sun 28-Jun-15 13:15:30

@worktolive of course the name is fine and that's what most would say in RL. I believe the OP is trying to get a 'feel' for the name as in what connotations people have etc... That's why a name forum is probably one of the better places to seek opinion as a wide range will be achieved.

getbusyliving Sun 28-Jun-15 13:19:34

Incidentally i wouldn't use a name forum when naming my child, because I know what I like and would be aware of most connotations.

As a Chinese person choosing a Westernised name this forum does have it's benefits

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