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A 25-year-old American businesswoman has declared war on the “farcical” western names being adopted by young Chinese, vowing to liberate her clients from monikers that include Lady Gaga, Washing Liquid and Furry.
Chinese people often take a “yingwen ming” or “English name” in order to help foreign friends or potential employers who struggle to pronounce or remember their Mandarin ones.
But such names were often appallingly chosen, said Lindsay Jernigan, who was born in Memphis but spent six years living in St John’s Wood, London.
Hoping to change that, Ms Jernigan recently launched BestEnglishName.Com, a website designed to help Chinese name-seekers avoid embarrassment.


So yeah, this is essentially a pay for site that keeps chinese people from making the "cool mystical asian characters tattoo" mistake on their business and passport forms.


Names that get the thumbs up include Claire, as in Claire Danes, Kenneth as in Kenneth Branagh and Jackson, as in the Jackson Five. Mars, as in Mars Bar, Cherry, as in Cherry Cola, and Chevrolet, as in Chevrolet Corvette, all get the thumbs down.
The website has received 30,000 page views per month and most clients so far were young women preparing applications to study overseas. They came from cities including Hangzhou, Kunming, Shanghai, Wenzhou and Chengdu.
As any foreign visitor knows, China is home to a staggering smogasbord of bizarrely chosen western names.
In Rivertown, the best-selling memoir of New Yorker journalist Peter Hessler, characters include male students called Mo Money and Daisey.

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Posted 4/1/15 , edited 4/1/15
It only happens because they don't know what the words actually mean or understand the nuances that go into crafting normal English names.

To change this in any meaningful way means teaching them English and immersing them in the culture. Good luck with that...

It's like teaching westerners hellbent on getting "water" and "love" tattoos that their tattoos are laughably bad to Asian people. They don't know the meaning behind the characters and the little nuances attached to them. Like how "aroma" and "odor" and "scent" and "fragrance" have different word-feels but are synonyms.
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Wow I thought you were screwing with us I'm sorry
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It's frighteningly common and nothing new. There are people named Apple, Lollipop, Hugo Boss, Versace, etc. I've seen quite a few.

Thank God I don't know anyone named Mo Money, though. I did meet a guy named Jennifer once. It was weird.
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Posted 4/1/15
Obvious April Fools joke is obvio- wait, this is legit!?
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Posted 4/1/15

PhantomGundam wrote:

Obvious April Fools joke is obvio- wait, this is legit!?


yup.
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Free marketing for the 007 movies though...
Posted 4/3/15
more conformism ey.
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I dont see the problem with naming yourself after awesome 80s noise rock bands. Im changing my name to the butthole surfers the moment I turn 18.
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Posted 4/3/15
This is silly.
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Probably won't help but the idea makes sense. I always laugh at Engrish translations like in China where they have "english translations" on their signs or menu's sometimes. If a restraunt can sell "fresh crap" then someone can name themselves Furry.
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Hahahahaha. Oh I love you sometimes.
Pepper Galore would also sound great.
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