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March 15, 2016 (Tue)

Have Lori Anne Wardi, Kellye Wishard, Juliana Michelsen, and Chelsea Hurley All Become Chinese?


罗莉安, 魏莎丽, 胡丽娜, 何巧希. Who are these Chinese names? They are all authentic, beautiful, and elegant names of Chinese women, but in fact they belong to four female executive from Neustar, the registry of .co extension. They were in China recently to celebrate woman entrepreneurship in China.

Today I'd like to talk about names -- but not domain names. Chinese names are written with the last name first followed by the first name. Most common Chinese name consists of a 1-character last name and a 2-charcter first name.

罗莉安 (LUO Li An) is Lori Anne Wardi, cofounder of .co. LUO is a common Chinese last name and it rhymes with Lor. Li An means jasmine and peace and it rhymes with 'ri Anne'.

魏莎丽 (WEI Sha Li) is Kellye Wishard. WEI is a common Chinese last name and it rhymes with Wi. Sha Li projects an image of elegance and beauty, and it rhymes with 'shard lye'.

胡丽娜 (HU Li Na) is Juliana Michelsen. HU is a common Chinese last name and it probably comes from Ju. Li Na means beautiful and graceful, and it rhymes with "liana".

何巧希 (HE Qiao Xi) is Chelsea Hurley, HE is a common Chinese last name and it rhymes with Hur. Qiao Xi means being skillful and rare, and it rhymes with Chelsea.

Will it become a trend? Will company executives start to put Chinese names on their business cards? Do you want to have your Chinese name too?