Adopting a Chinese surname
Posted 11 June 2009 - 05:44 AM
Nowadays many foreigners are adopting a Chinese name for themselves. I wonder whether there are customs about chosing an appropriate surname. For example are some surnames more appropriate for a foreigner than others? Maybe the most common ones are more suitable than uncommon ones, or the other way around?
If I introduce myself to someone from China and it turns out that I've adopted his/her surname, would that be awkward? Clearly I don't belong to his clan.
I suppose it's not a new phenomenon for non-Chinese people to adopt a Chinese name, peoples have integrated into Chinese society for centuries. Did this result in some established practices?
Actually my girlfriend has already given me the surname 白(it's the translation of my Dutch surname), and I've grown quite attached to it.
Posted 11 June 2009 - 11:43 AM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:55 AM
Of course, you could always adopt one of the less common names.
Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:12 PM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:54 PM
I took a basic Chinese course and my teacher gave all of us Chinese name. Mine is Ma Hanming (馬漢明). My last name starts with an M and has lots of A's, but I'm assuming she gave me this name because it's a common one for foreigners.
馬漢明, that's like my cousin name. It will sound like Ma Han-myeong in Sino-Korean.
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