Thursday, May 24, 2007

What's in your name?

Aiyo... just finished one tag and on to another.. Hin-Lerk's mummy tagged me on this. But a much simpler tag to do. Ok here goes.. as you know mummy and daddy are both "banana's" ie yellow on the outside, white in the inside, so in the selection of your name, mummy and daddy picked the English name, while Ah Kong was given the honour to help suggest a few Chinese names for you.

When mummy was 16 weeks pregnant, Dr Ng confirmed that you were a boy. So mummy went online to look for names and borrowed books from friends and even ee-ee on baby names. We finally narrowed down to Ethan, Dylan, Elijah and Gerald and they all got rejected. Everyone could think of how the name could be wrongly pronounced of made fun of. After looking around further, daddy and I finally agreed on Evan. Mummy started calling you "Evan" the moment we agreed on your name.Well, the original meaning that made us pick this name was "Little Warrior" in Celtic. But today upon receiving this "assignment" I also discovered that Evan in Welsh means "The Lord is gracious" and that it's a variant to the name John.Hhmm.. new discovery.

Next is the second part of your name. The Chinese name: Khai Siong. Ah Kong bought this book specially to look for a name for you:

He saw a lot of names that sounded nice. In fact this book is very interesting (someone told me so) as it will tell you the name and which person with that name that was famous, rich, kind etc etc. So began the search for a suitable name for you. I think the search for a nice Chinese name for you was the more difficult part. There are so many "pantang-larang" to abide by. For one, it must not be the same of any relative. So some words could not be used. On top of that, even similar sounding words, could not be used such as "jia" which sounds like mummy's "chia". And something about the number of strokes to suit your name.

As your ETA was fast approaching, Ah Ma had to push Ah Kong to quickly come up with some good suggestions. Otherwise, you won't have a name when you were born. So finally, Ah Kong and daddy came up with 万凯雄. Daddy even became a pro at using the Internet to look for words, based on the pinyin along with the meaning.
Ahem, that's why this morning when presented with this assignment, I had to quickly get the writing and meaning from daddy. Ok, ok.. I will admit (again) I do not know how to write your name in Chinese still. Like I had mentioned before, we also had to screen through the names to ensure that the selected name cannot be made into some joke. We also needed to decide how to spell your name. We weren't too keen on the pinyin spelling, so we changed it.

As for the meaning, Ban 万 is simple to write and simply means 10,000. Next time if when you learn to play mahjong, you will definitely know this word! As for Khai 凯, it means victorious. And Siong 雄 means hero. So somehow, your name has a lot of "heroes and warriors".
There, the meaning of Evan Ban Khai Siong.

**Start Copy**
Proposition: What is the meaning of your kid’s name?
Requirements: write about what or how or why you giving the name to your kids.
Quantity: FIVE PEOPLE.
Tag Mode:1st - You leave their blog and post link and add to the list below.
2nd - Let the blogger you want to tag know they been tagged by comment in their blog or etc.
1) Msaufong - Meaning Of SQ & Kiki’s name
2) Miche - My ACB
3) Sweetpea - My Little Fire
4) Yvonne - The Meaning of Ryan’s Name
5) ShoppingMum - Justin & Isabellea
6) Judy - Meaning of the name Terry
7) LiL’deviL - Mini Hawke
8) Mrs. Wallace Notes - My Daugther Name
9) Raising Belle - Monkey Girl
10) Hin Lerk's Diary - The meaning of his name
11) Our Baby Evan - What's in your name?

And so I will tag:
*Poh Kien - Tell us the meaning of Lynus
*Joanne - Haha.. you got tagged again..
*Tiffany - How about a tale on Joshua?
*Joyce - Muahaha.. first time I get to tag you.. and you are the one who let the cat out of the bag!

Short of 1 but I leave others to be tagged..


Peter & Joyce said...

This is a fun post and a fun tag too. Can't believe I got myself tagged!
Will do it soon, I promise!

Pei Sze said...

Wow, I am amused. Daddy can pinyin and came out with the word although he doesn't know Mandarin? I myself having difficulty with the pinyin.

I have always wonder what is Ban in Mandarin. You have solved my query. A special surname.

Mummy and daddy: Angie & Ben said...

Joyce: Agreed.. it was fun doing this tag.
Pei Sze: The wonders of computer eh? Chinese illiterate also can choose a name for the son!