Chinese Names

Chinese names are used in China and in Chinese communities throughout the world. Note that depending on the Chinese characters used these names can have many other meanings besides those listed here. See also about Chinese names.
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AHm & fChinese
From the Chinese character (ā) which has no distinct meaning. It is not normally given as a name, but it can be prefixed to another name to make it a diminutive.
AI (2)爱, 蔼fChinese
From Chinese (ài) meaning "love, affection", (ǎi) meaning "friendly, lush", or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
AN (1)m & fChinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese (ān) meaning "peace, quiet" or other characters with a similar pronunciation. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese meaning "safe, secure".
BAI白, 百, 柏m & fChinese
From Chinese (bái) meaning "white, pure", (bǎi) meaning "one hundred, many" or (bǎi) meaning "cypress tree, cedar" (which is usually only masculine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. This name was borne in the 8th century by the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai, whose given was .
BAO宝, 褒, 苞f & mChinese
From Chinese (bǎo) meaning "treasure, jewel, precious, rare", (bāo) meaning "praise, honour" or (bāo) meaning "bud" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are possible as well.
BO (2)m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "wave", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
CHANG昌, 畅, 长m & fChinese
From Chinese (chāng) meaning "flourish, prosper, good, sunlight" (which is usually only masculine), (chàng) meaning "smooth, free, unrestrained" or (cháng) meaning "long". Other Chinese characters are also possible.
CHAO超, 潮m & fChinese
From Chinese (chāo) meaning "surpass, leap over" (which is usually only masculine), (cháo) meaning "tide, flow, damp", or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
CHEN (1)晨, 辰m & fChinese
From Chinese (chén) or (chén) which both mean "morning". The character also refers to the fifth Earthly Branch (7 AM to 9 AM) which is itself associated with the dragon of the Chinese zodiac. This name can be formed from other characters as well.
CHENG成, 诚m & fChinese
From Chinese (chéng) meaning "completed, finished, succeeded" or (chéng) meaning "sincere, honest, true", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
CHIN金, 锦, 津m & fChinese
Variant of JIN (using Wade-Giles transcription).
CHUNf & mChinese
From Chinese (chūn) meaning "spring (the season)" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
DA达, 大m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "achieve, arrive at, intelligent" (which is usually only masculine), () meaning "big, great, vast, high", or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
DONG东, 栋mChinese
From Chinese (dōng) meaning "east", (dòng) meaning "pillar, beam", or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
FANG芳, 方f & mChinese
From Chinese (fāng) meaning "fragrant, virtuous, beautiful" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
FEN (1)芬, 奋f & mChinese
From Chinese (fēn) meaning "fragrance, aroma, perfume" (which is usually only feminine) or (fèn) meaning "strive, exert" (usually only masculine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
FU富, 芙, 甫m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "abundant, rich, wealthy", () meaning "hibiscus, lotus" or () meaning "begin, man, father", in addition to other characters with a similar pronunciation. A famous bearer was the 8th-century Tang dynasty poet Du Fu, whose given was .
GANG刚, 冈mChinese
From Chinese (gāng) meaning "hard, rigid, strong", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
GUANTING冠廷m & fChinese
From Chinese (guān) meaning "cap, crown, headgear" combined with (tíng) meaning "court". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
GUANYU冠宇m & fChinese
From Chinese (guān) meaning "cap, crown, headgear" combined with () meaning "house, eaves, universe". Other character combinations are possible.
GUIYING桂英m & fChinese
From Chinese (guì) meaning "laurel, cassia, cinnamon" combined with (yīng) meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero". This name can be formed from other character combinations as well.
GUOm & fChinese
From Chinese (guó) meaning "country" or other Chinese characters pronounced in a similar way.
HAIm & fChinese
From Chinese (hǎi) meaning "sea, ocean" or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
HE河, 和, 荷f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "river, stream", () meaning "harmony, peace", or () meaning "lotus, water lily" (which is usually only feminine). Other characters can form this name as well. A famous bearer was the 15th-century explorer Zheng He.
HENGm & fChinese
From Chinese (héng) meaning "constant, persistent", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
HONG虹, 红, 弘, 鸿, 宏m & fChinese
From Chinese (hóng) meaning "rainbow", (hóng) meaning "enlarge, expand, great" (which is usually only masculine) or 鸿 (hóng) meaning "wild swan, great, vast" (also usually only masculine). Other characters can also form this name.
HUA华, 花f & mChinese
From Chinese (huá) meaning "splendid, illustrious, Chinese" or (huā) meaning "flower, blossom" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well.
HUANf & mChinese
From Chinese (huān) meaning "happy, pleased", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
HUANG煌, 凰m & fChinese
From Chinese (huáng) meaning "bright, shining, luminous" (which is usually only masculine) or (huáng) meaning "phoenix" (usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
HUI慧, 辉f & mChinese
From Chinese (huì) meaning "intelligent, wise" (which is usually only feminine), (huī) meaning "brightness", besides other characters which are pronounced similarly.
JIA佳, 家m & fChinese
From Chinese (jiā) meaning "good, auspicious, beautiful", (jiā) meaning "home, family", or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
JIAHAO家豪mChinese
From Chinese (jiā) meaning "home, family" combined with (háo) meaning "brave, heroic, chivalrous". This name can be formed from other character combinations as well.
JIAN建, 健m & fChinese
From Chinese (jiàn) meaning "build, establish", (jiàn) meaning "strong, healthy", or other characters which are pronounced in a similar fashion.
JIANGm & fChinese
From Chinese (jiāng) meaning "river, Yangtze", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
JIANHONG健宏mChinese
From Chinese (jiàn) meaning "build, establish" combined with (hóng) meaning "wide, spacious, great, vast". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
JIEm & fChinese
From Chinese (jié) meaning "heroic, outstanding" or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
JIN金, 锦, 津m & fChinese
From Chinese (jīn) meaning "gold, metal, money", (jǐn) meaning "tapestry, brocade, embroidered" or (jīn) meaning "ferry". Other Chinese characters can form this name as well.
JING静, 精, 晶, 京m & fChinese
From Chinese (jìng) meaning "quiet, still, gentle", (jīng) meaning "essence, spirit", (jīng) meaning "clear, crystal" or (jīng) meaning "capital city". Other characters can also form this name.
JINGYI静怡m & fChinese
From Chinese (jìng) meaning "quiet, still, gentle" combined with () meaning "joy, harmony". Other character combinations are possible as well.
JU菊, 巨f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "chrysanthemum" (which is usually only feminine) or () meaning "big, enormous" (usually only masculine), besides other characters which are pronounced similarly.
JUAN (2)fChinese
From Chinese (juān) meaning "beautiful, graceful" or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
JUN (1)君, 俊, 军m & fChinese, Korean
From Chinese (jūn) meaning "king, ruler", (jùn) meaning "talented, handsome" (which is usually only masculine) or (jūn) meaning "army" (also usually only masculine). This is also a single-character Korean name, often from the hanja meaning "talented, handsome". This name can be formed by other characters besides those shown here.
KAI (4)mChinese
From Chinese (kǎi) meaning "triumph, victory, music of triumph", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
KUNf & mChinese
From Chinese (kūn) meaning "earth, female", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
LAN兰, 岚f & mChinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese (lán) meaning "orchid, elegant" (which is usually only feminine) or (lán) meaning "mountain mist". Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese meaning "orchid".
LEI (2)磊, 蕾m & fChinese
From Chinese (lěi) meaning "pile of stones" (which is typically masculine) or (lěi) meaning "bud" (typically feminine). Other characters can also form this name.
LI (1)理, 立, 黎, 力, 丽f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "reason, logic", () meaning "stand, establish", () meaning "black, dawn", () meaning "power, capability, influence" (which is usually only masculine) or () meaning "beautiful" (usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
LIM林, 琳m & fChinese
Hokkien Chinese form of LIN.
LIN林, 琳m & fChinese
From Chinese (lín) meaning "forest" or (lín) meaning "fine jade, gem". Other characters can also form this name.
LING灵, 铃f & mChinese
From Chinese (líng) meaning "spirit, soul", (líng) meaning "bell, chime", or other Chinese characters which are pronounced similarly.
MEI (1)美, 梅fChinese
From Chinese (měi) meaning "beautiful" or (méi) meaning "Chinese plum" (species Prunus mume), as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
MIN敏, 民m & fChinese, Korean
From (mǐn) meaning "quick, clever, sharp", (mín) meaning "people, citizens", or other Chinese/Sino-Korean characters which are pronounced similarly.
MING明, 铭m & fChinese
From Chinese (míng) meaning "bright, light, clear" or (míng) meaning "inscribe, engrave", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
MU慕, 木m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "admire, desire", () meaning "tree, wood", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
NAfChinese
From Chinese () meaning "elegant, graceful, delicate" or other characters pronounced similarly.
NINGf & mChinese
From Chinese (níng) meaning "peaceful, calm, serene", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
NUANfChinese
From Chinese (nuǎn) meaning "warm, genial" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
PINGm & fChinese
From Chinese (píng) meaning "level, even, peaceful". Other characters can also form this name.
QIANGmChinese
From Chinese (qiáng) meaning "strong, powerful, energetic", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QING青, 清f & mChinese
From Chinese (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QIU秋, 丘m & fChinese
From Chinese (qiū) meaning "autumn", (qiū) meaning "hill, mound", or other characters with a similar pronunciation. The given name of the philosopher Confucius was .
RONG荣, 融, 容f & mChinese
From Chinese (róng) meaning "glory, honour, flourish, prosper", (róng) meaning "fuse, harmonize" or (róng) meaning "appearance, form" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well.
RU儒, 如m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "scholar", () meaning "like, as, if", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
SHI时, 实, 史, 石m & fChinese
From Chinese (shí) meaning "time, era, season", (shí) meaning "real, honest", (shǐ) meaning "history" or (shí) meaning "stone". Other characters can form this name as well.
SHUfChinese
From Chinese (shū) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming", besides other characters which are pronounced similarly.
SHUFEN淑芬fChinese
From Chinese (shū) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming" combined with (fēn) meaning "fragrance, aroma, perfume". Other character combinations are possible as well.
SHUIm & fChinese
From Chinese (shuǐ) meaning "water", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
SHUN (1)f & mChinese
From Chinese (shùn) meaning "obey, submit" or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
SU (2)素, 肃f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "plain, simple" or () meaning "respectful", besides other characters pronounced in a similar way.
TAIm & fChinese
From Chinese (tài) meaning "very, extreme" or other characters pronounced in a similar way.
TAOmChinese
From Chinese (tāo) meaning "large waves", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
TUm & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "chart, map" or other characters with similar pronunciations.
WEI威, 巍, 伟, 微, 薇m & fChinese
From Chinese (wēi) meaning "power, pomp", (wēi) meaning "high, lofty, towering" or (wěi) meaning "great, robust, extraordinary". As a feminine name it can come from (wēi) meaning "small" or (wēi) meaning "fern". This name can be formed by other Chinese characters besides those shown here.
WENm & fChinese
From Chinese (wén) meaning "literature, culture, writing", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
WU武, 务m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "military, martial" (which is generally only masculine) or () meaning "affairs, business", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly. This was the name of several Chinese rulers, including the 2nd-century BC emperor Wu of Han (name spelled ) who expanded the empire and made Confucianism the state philosophy.
XIA夏, 霞m & fChinese
From Chinese (xià) meaning "summer, great, grand", (xiá) meaning "rosy clouds", or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
XIANG翔, 祥, 湘, 香m & fChinese
From Chinese (xiáng) meaning "soar, glide", (xiáng) meaning "good luck, good omen", (xiāng) meaning "fragrant" (which is usually only feminine) or (xiāng), which refers to the Xiang River in southern China. This name can also be formed from other characters.
XINYI欣怡, 心怡m & fChinese
From Chinese (xīn) meaning "happy, joyous, delighted" or (xīn) meaning "heart, mind, soul" combined with () meaning "joy, harmony". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
XIUfChinese
From Chinese (xiù) meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
XIULAN秀兰fChinese
From Chinese (xiù) meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" combined with (lán) meaning "orchid, elegant". This name can be formed of other character combinations as well.
XIUYING秀英fChinese
From Chinese (xiù) meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" combined with (yīng) meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero". Other character combinations are possible.
XUE雪, 学f & mChinese
From Chinese (xuě) meaning "snow" or (xué) meaning "study, learning, school", besides other characters pronounced similarly.
XUN勋, 迅m & fChinese
From Chinese (xūn) meaning "meritorious deed, rank" or (xùn) meaning "snow", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
YAfChinese
From Chinese () meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" or other characters with a similar pronunciation.
YAHUI雅惠f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with (huì) meaning "favour, benefit". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
YALING雅玲fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with (líng) meaning "tinkling of jade". This name can be formed of other character combinations as well.
YAN (2)艳, 岩f & mChinese
From Chinese (yàn) meaning "beautiful, gorgeous" (which is usually only feminine) or (yán) meaning "cliff, rocks", as well as other Chinese characters pronounced in a similar fashion.
YANG洋, 阳m & fChinese
From Chinese (yáng) meaning "ocean" or (yáng) meaning "light, sun, male" (which is typically only masculine), as well as other Chinese characters pronounced similarly.
YATING雅婷f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with (tíng) meaning "pretty, graceful". Other character combinations are possible.
YAWEN雅雯fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with (wén) meaning "cloud patterns". This name can be formed of other character combinations as well.
YAZHU雅筑f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with (zhù) meaning "lute, zither, build". Other character combinations are also possible.
YI宜, 毅, 义, 益, 艺, 怡, 仪f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "suitable, proper", () meaning "resolute, decisive, firm", () meaning "justice, righteousness", () meaning "profit, benefit", () meaning "joy, harmony" (which is usually only feminine) or () meaning "ceremony, rites" (also usually feminine). Other characters can also form this name.
YIJUN怡君m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "joy, harmony" combined with (jūn) meaning "king, ruler". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
YIN银, 音, 荫f & mChinese
From Chinese (yín) meaning "silver, money", (yīn) meaning "sound, tone" or (yīn) meaning "shade, shelter, protect", as well as other Chinese characters pronounced similarly.
YONG勇, 永m & fChinese, Korean
From Chinese (yǒng) meaning "brave" or (yǒng) meaning "perpetual, eternal". This can also be a single-character Korean name, for example from the hanja meaning "brave". This name can be formed by other characters besides those listed here.
YU玉, 愉, 雨, 宇, 裕f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "jade, precious stone, gem", () meaning "pleasant, delightful" or () meaning "rain". Other characters can form this name as well.
YUN云, 允f & mChinese
From Chinese (yún) meaning "cloud" or (yǔn) meaning "allow, consent", as well as other Chinese characters which are pronounced in a similar way.
ZANf & mChinese
From Chinese (zàn) meaning "help, support", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
ZEDONG泽东m & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "moist, grace, brilliance" combined with (dōng) meaning "east", as well as other character combinations. A notable bearer was the founder of the People's Republic of China, Mao Zedong (1893-1976).
ZHEN珍, 真, 贞, 震f & mChinese
From Chinese (zhēn) meaning "precious, rare", (zhēn) meaning "real, genuine", (zhēn) meaning "virtuous, chaste, loyal", or other Chinese characters which are pronounced similarly.
ZHENG正, 政m & fChinese
From Chinese (zhèng) meaning "right, proper, correct" or (zhèng) meaning "government", as well as other hanja characters with a similar pronunciation.
ZHI志, 智m & fChinese
From Chinese (zhì) meaning "will, purpose, ambition" or (zhì) meaning "wisdom, intellect", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
ZHIHAO志豪, 智豪m & fChinese
From Chinese (zhì) meaning "will, purpose, ambition" or (zhì) meaning "wisdom, intellect" combined with (háo) meaning "brave, heroic, chivalrous". Many other character combinations are possible.
ZHONG中, 忠m & fChinese
From Chinese (zhōng) meaning "middle" or (zhōng) meaning "loyalty, devotion". Other characters can form this name as well.
ZHOUm & fChinese
From Chinese (zhōu) meaning "boat, ship", in addition to other characters which are pronounced similarly.