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Chinese Names

Chinese names are generally unique creations carefully designed thought out by a child's parents as they are meant to establish the child's status and to honor his or her family. As a result, in China, family names are actually forenames rather than surnames.

Religious names are infrequent within Chinese tradition, but nature names, particularly flower names for girls, are quite common.

For males, attractive names were once avoided. They were given names that it is felt will dissuade devils from harming them. This Chinese custom is still occasionally practiced. Because boys were preferred over girls, a dissuasive male name might actually be a female name or a plain or disgusting name that would imply that the child was not wanted, and therefore its life was not worth taking.

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