Picking up an English name is the first trouble for me in the English community.
I want a name connected with my life experience, only then I could be willing to have association with that in the English world.
I like my Chinese name, which has a special story behind it.
When I was born, my grandfather killed himself for I was the third granddaughter. That's such an earthquake that everyone lost in control. As a newborn baby, I was so quite on my bed and smiling to whoever squeezed his time to look after me. So the unusual smiling baby girl was named with "happy (乐)".
So the meaning of my given name is "making the family happy". Ironically, my family name means "no (无)", together with my given name, the whole meaning is "being happy without family." The more ironically is that I really do.
When I went to the dentist for my seven-year-old hole in my teeth, the dentist who knows my father asked about my name like most of the others have done, "you shouldn't be given the name of 'happy with family' if your last name is 'not'," he wrote down my name on the paper, "so it's no wonder you have such a terrible hole, is there anyone cares about that?"