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70 Chinese Baby Names

Team Peanut6 months ago6 min read

Whether you’re looking for Chinese baby names to honor the Chinese heritage in your family or to celebrate your love of Chinese culture, there are so many choices to consider.

Chinese woman in bed with her baby

From ancient Chinese names to contemporary and cool Chinese names, there’s something to suit every baby-to-be.

Chinese baby names can have a spectacular variety of meanings, from flowers and precious stones to virtues like courage, intelligence, and peacefulness. So we’ve collected 70 of our favorite Chinese names and inspiration to help you on your way.

But before we get onto the list, let’s take a look at how parents in China (and Chinese expats) go about selecting a name for the newest member of their family.

How are Chinese babies named?

The convention in China is for a person’s surname to be written first, followed by their given name. Usually, the surname is one Chinese character and the given name is one or two further characters. (So Chinese first names are actually second names!)

Parents typically avoid naming a child after any older relatives, as this is considered to be disrespectful. Also, copying the name of a celebrity or historical figure is to be avoided, as it could bring the child bad luck.

Instead, parents will seek a unique name with characters that harmonize with the character of their surname, as well as reflecting their hopes for a happy and prosperous future for the baby.

If they already have a child, the parents might name their new baby in a way that complements their brother or sister’s name. For example, if the first child’s name contains the character meaning “sun”, the new baby might get a name containing the character for “star”.

70 Chinese baby names to inspire you

Many Chinese names are gender-neutral, but certain names are more commonly given to girls or boys, so where necessary we’ve labelled them:

  • m – male
  • f – female
  • u – unisex

What are common Chinese names?

If you’re looking for a tried and tested name for your baby, here are 10 popular Chinese names to consider:

  1. Fang – fragrance, virtue (u)
  2. Jing – peaceful or tranquil (u)
  3. Lei – mound of rocks, great, thunderous (u)
  4. Li – pretty or beautiful, strength (u)
  5. Min – quick or clever (u)
  6. Qiang – strong, better (m)
  7. Tao – large wave or peach (u)
  8. Wei – great (u)
  9. Yan – gorgeous, swallow bird (u)
  10. Xiuying – brave and beautiful (f)

What are some Chinese female names?

What is a good Chinese girl name? you ask. Well, beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder, and there are some great Chinese girl names to choose from.

If you’d like your little one’s name to evoke the fragrance of flowers, you could go for “Chu Hua” (chrysanthemum) or “Ju” (daisy).

Or if you want to inspire her to grow up into a kind, strong person, you could pick “Shu” (warmhearted) or “Ting” (enduring).

Here are 15 more Chinese baby girl names:

  1. Ai – lovable
  2. Ah Lam – peace
  3. Baozhai – precious hairpin
  4. Chu Hua – chrysanthemum
  5. Chyou – autumn
  6. Daiyu – black jade
  7. Fen – scent
  8. Ju – daisy
  9. Lan – orchid
  10. Liling – sound of white jasmine
  11. Mei – gorgeous, plum
  12. Nuo – gracious
  13. Shu – warmhearted
  14. Ting – enduring
  15. Zhan – valuable, genuine, innocent

What are some Chinese male names?

Traditional Chinese names for boys provide a wealth of choice for nature-lovers, from “Hu” (tiger) to “Shanyuan” (mountain source).

And you’ll also find plenty of names to encourage your little boy in his future adventures, including “Jianyu” (building the universe) and “Zixin” (self-confidence).

Here are 15 other Chinese baby boy names:

  1. Aiguo – patriotic
  2. Bingwen – bright and cultivated
  3. Bolin – elder brother rain
  4. Chaoxiang – expecting fortune
  5. Donghai – eastern sea
  6. Feng – sharp blade, wind, summit
  7. Genghis – just, righteous
  8. Hu – tiger
  9. Huizhong – wise and loyal
  10. Jianyu – building the universe
  11. Park – the cypress tree
  12. Qianfan – thousand sails
  13. Shanyuan – mountain source
  14. Xiaobo – little wrestler
  15. Zixin – self-confidence

What about gender-neutral Chinese baby names?

As we saw above, many Chinese characters are used in the names of both boys and girls. Once again, wonderful nature images and admirable personal qualities abound, from “Chun” (born in the spring) to “Ming” (enlightening).

Here are 20 gender-neutral Chinese names to choose from:

  1. An – peace
  2. Bao – treasure, gem
  3. Bo – wavelike
  4. Chen – break of the day
  5. Chun – born in the spring
  6. Guang – glorious
  7. Heng – eternal
  8. Huan – happiness
  9. Hui – clever
  10. Jiang – river
  11. Liu – willow tree
  12. Ming – enlightening
  13. Ping – peaceful, stable
  14. Qui – autumn
  15. Shan – moderate
  16. Shi – truthful
  17. Xiang – fragrant, or circling in the air (like a bird)
  18. Xiaosheng – little birth
  19. Xue – snow or studious
  20. Yanlin – swallow forest or Beijing forest

What are some cute Chinese names?

Finally, if you’re looking for Chinese baby names with cute or quirky meanings, we’ve got 10 of our favorites to share with you.

Looking for a name that involves mythological creatures? Try “Chonglin” (second brother unicorn) or “Jaw-Long” (like a dragon).

Or what could be more beautiful than a name that evokes the radiance of the sun? Such as “Mingxia” (bright glowing dawn clouds) or “Shoi-Ming” (life of sunshine).

Here are some unique Chinese baby names for your little miracle:

  1. Ah Kum – good as gold (f)
  2. Chonglin – second brother unicorn (m)
  3. Fengge – phoenix pavilion (m)
  4. Hong – wild swan (m)
  5. Jaw-Long – like a dragon (m)
  6. Lian – the graceful willow (f)
  7. Mingxia – bright glowing dawn clouds (f)
  8. Nuwa – mother goddess (f)
  9. Shoi-Ming – life of sunshine (m)
  10. Suyin – unadorned sound (f)

So, there you have it: 70 amazing Chinese baby names to choose from. Good luck making your decision!

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