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The name Pan Pan!

(51 Posts)
VanezAJ Mon 14-Dec-15 05:07:24

My dh is half chinese and I was thinking we might name our dd after a rare flower in Sichuan province. The flower's name is Pan Pan.
I love this name!
What do you think?

FrancisdeSales Mon 14-Dec-15 05:12:10


Interesting, on the other hand it sounds like Bam Bam in English or similar, unlikely to be found on anyone above the age of 5.

Be prepared for your dd to have to explain her name for the rest of her life unless you move to China.

LucyMouse Mon 14-Dec-15 05:13:45

It's very open to ridicule

InspectorNorse Mon 14-Dec-15 05:19:57

I like it! She can always go by Pan if she thinks Pan Pan is too much, but i think it's lovely. Our daughter has a more unusual (in Britain!) name too, due to her father being African, and I think it is special - though we gave her a very normal English middle name, in case she doesn't think her first name is so special when she is older.

InspectorNorse Mon 14-Dec-15 05:25:04

Also, I think Britain is multicultural enough for her not to have to explain her name. It might just be where we live, but there are hundreds of east asians here (university) and I never feel a need to get them to explain their names!

WanderingTrolley1 Mon 14-Dec-15 05:28:22

That's a no from me.

0verNow Mon 14-Dec-15 05:32:06

You know that a pan-pan is a distress call on emergency radio, yes?

TheHouseOnTheLane Mon 14-Dec-15 05:50:57

I love it. Beautiful. OverNow I'm sure a tiny portion of people know that fact.

MangosteenSoda Mon 14-Dec-15 06:30:07

I think that would be a difficult name to carry off. It might work better if your surname is Chinese Pan Pan Chu, but not so much if it's English Pan Pan Jones. In the latter case, there would be more questions, explaining etc which your daughter might get sick of.

Also, it would be a fairly unusual name in China. Normally names go something like Wei Pan-Liu nn Pan Pan.

Doesn't really lend itself to a middle name either.

How about Pandora? Pan Pan as everyday name.

Glastokitty Mon 14-Dec-15 06:42:35

Depends a lot on the surname. Pan Pan Han would be ridiculous. And it sounds like Bam Bam. Its a big nope from me.

lighteningirl Mon 14-Dec-15 06:56:14

No from me and I love unusual names

pretend Mon 14-Dec-15 07:00:35

Your DH is only half Chinese? So your child will only be a quarter Chinese and will be called Pan Pan. Sorry I think it's silly.

My mate's kids are a quarter Italian. She has called them all the most outlandish Italian names in a bid to be different (yes she's more an ex matesmile) and it just sounds ridiculous.

At the very least use a name which works in both countries. Not one that sounds really silly in one of them.

Hamishandthefoxes Mon 14-Dec-15 07:03:12

Pan pan is the international call signal for a medical emergency and used in the same sort of way as Mayday.

Just pan would be better.

pretend Mon 14-Dec-15 07:04:40

Pan Pan Houlihan smile
Pan Pan McCann
Pan Pan Moran
Pan Pan McMahon
Pan Pan Soloman

Actually scratch that they're all brilliant....

meditrina Mon 14-Dec-15 07:16:36

Do the Chinese members of DH's family like it as a name?

IIRC, Chinese naming is fairly intricate (in finding personalised auspicious names) so their view might be important. (Because it might be a bit odd for your DD is on one hand telling her non-Chinese friends/family that it's a Chinese name whilst her Chinese family just find it weird).

And yes, it's much more widely known as a distress call than a flower, so your preferred association will need to be explained. Possibly multiple times.

PinkSquash Mon 14-Dec-15 07:24:30

Pan Pan is the worlds oldest Panda, and male.

0verNow Mon 14-Dec-15 09:01:04

So at least 3 of us on this thread thought distress or emergency.

pinkyredrose Mon 14-Dec-15 09:03:19

I think it's fab! Would you call her Pan for short?

OneMoreCasualty Mon 14-Dec-15 09:06:07

Does the flower have an English or Latin name, if it's the flower you love?

I have a friend with a fairly similar Chinese name but she uses an English name also.

Glastokitty Mon 14-Dec-15 09:06:53

Pan Pan Spillane. grin. Almost as ridiculous as the legendary Pocohontas McGinty!

Mumoftwoyoungkids Mon 14-Dec-15 09:14:53

I've just googled it and lots of things about the distress call have come up.

I liked the idea of Pandora with Pan Pan as a shortening / nick name,

Tuiles Mon 14-Dec-15 09:17:13

Distress call came to mind first here too.

Quiero Mon 14-Dec-15 09:22:22

Call her Pandora and use Pan Pan as a nick name. That way she can drop it if it feels too infantile.

Quiero Mon 14-Dec-15 09:22:55

Xpost smile

blaeberry Mon 14-Dec-15 09:31:50

Pandora let all the evil out into the world (Pandora's box).

Could you have it as a middle name, with a more conventional first name? You could still use it as her name. Pan pan sounds more like a family pet name (as in nick name rather than dogs name).

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