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Aug 15, 2019 22:02:06

My name

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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?"


 

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    @5plus6 - I love this story. I certainly don't have enough meaning in my name to have a story to tell. I'm jealous. Also, the dentist seems, em, very pragmatic.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Aug 15, 2019 10:49:32
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      @brianball -that's the beauty of Chinese language, most of the Chinese names have a story behind them.
      What I didn't write in the post is that my given name has such a happy meaning that you can see it everywhere in China, because it's also the title of thousands of supermarkets, hotels, kindergartens (they all want the gust to 'be happy as at home(家乐)'). I also have been joked for this reason.
      Plus, the-same-name-with-supermarkets girl successfully get my bf's first attention on me, that's another love story :D

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Aug 17, 2019 23:59:35
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