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Subject: Irish tradition of middle names? + Chinese name question
Author: CN   (Authenticated as CSwe)
Date: September 25, 2008 at 5:48 AM

I'm curious to know if it is common in Irleand to use the middle name as 'first' name. So far I've met an Anne Stephanie (Stephanie), Mary Yvonne (Yvonne) and Patrick Paul (Paul) who all go by their middle name. I was thinking that the first name is a saint's name and a Catholic tradition but this is just a guess.

TIA

ETA:

I would also like to know more about Chinese names. It is normal for Chinese people to have a Western name and I wonder if it's common among Westerners in China to take a Chinese name.
I read that names with two syllables are the most common for Chinese names and it says those syllables can be any of the thousands of Chinese characters so the combinations are almost limitless.
The database lists very few names so my second question is if anyone know of a Chinese (feminine) name meaning free and if one in theory could use just any sound/word one likes from from the Chinese language as a name.

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This message was edited by the author on September 25, 2008 at 7:15 AM

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