Dh is Chinese and dd has a Chinese middle name, which we both love. No 2 now on the way and we'd like to continue this tradition, but want some fresh ideas - we used our favourite last time! Don't know what we're having, so either sex please!
georgiemum - It was in my generation (Grandmother from China but family in SE Asia now). Essentially, the Chinese name is three characters:
First character - Surname Second and third character - Person's name
In my family, all the girls in my generation (I'm in 30s now btw) were all named Something Ping and all the boys were Guo Something. My DF and his brothers all had names Tiang Something. The idea being that you should be able to identify which generation (and where they are in the family tree) by hearing their name. It kinda got lost with the next generation but my cousins and I have talked about reviving it!
Minicooper - I can list my cousins' names if that helps!
Siew Ping Li Ping Tsu Ping Mei Ping Guo (meaning: country, patriotic) Qing Guo Liang Guo Hui Guo Yao
Yes, I think it's really cool too. Unfortunately it's one of those traditions that kinda got lost but now hoping to get a revival of sorts. There used to be a lot of emphasis on giving your child the perfect name but it got harder as the language got more 'diluted' down the generations. Sad, isn't it?
Thanks, mumzy, that's helpful, the family are Cantonese speaking, so we'll probably stick with that. We liked Mei as it worked for both English and Chinese relatives, but its difficult to find others that do the same - and we like!