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Here is a list of popular Chinese given names. These are genuine names, in actual use as given names in China, with people living today that carry these names. (This must be stressed because the Internet is full of sites with "Chinese names" that are something else entirely: Western given names written with Chinese characters that have approximately the same pronounciation in Mandarin. You can find more about this here.)

Japanese given names are written with the same kind of characters, but have rather different pronounciations.

This Wikipedia article explains many interesting facts about Chinese names. If you see only "boxes" instead of Chinese characters in the name tables below the most likely reason is missing Unicode support in your browser and/or operating system. Some information about Unicode can be found here.

If you are interested in the Chinese script in general you find can read about it here, including an explanation what "simplified" and "traditional" characters are, which are different for a number of the names in the list.

Kunigunde thanks Chinese Names for the friendly permission to use the list of female and male given names for building the lists here.


The Female Names:

Name Meaning/
Translation
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Hanzi
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Pinyin Additional Information
Ai love
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ai4 also used as a given name in Japan, also as 'Ai' and written with the traditional character
Bao treasure, jewel
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bao3  
Bi green jade  
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bi4  
Cai color, colorful  
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cai3  
Chan beautiful, graceful
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chan2  
Cui green, green jade  
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cui4  
Dai black color, blackened eyebrows  
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dai4 name of a dye for blackening the eyebrows
Dan red, cinnabar  
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dan1  
E beautiful, good  
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e2  
Fang fragrant  
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fang1  
Feng phoenix
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feng4 in another tone used also as a male name 'Feng'
Hong red
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hong2  
Hua flower, blossom  
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hua1  
Huan jade ring, jade bracelet
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huan2  
Hui favor, kindness  
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hui4 in another tone used also as a male name 'Hui'
Jiao charming, lovely
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jiao1  
Ju chrysanthemum  
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ju2  
Juan beautiful, graceful  
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juan1  
Lan orchid
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lan2  
Lian graceful willow     lian  


The Male Names:

Name Meaning/
Translation
Hanzi
Simplified
Hanzi
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Hanzi
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Hanzi
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Pinyin Additional Information
An peace, peaceful, quiet  
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an1  
Bao leopard, panther  
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bao4  
Bo wave, waves  
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bo1  
Cai wealth, riches
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cai2  
Cheng accomplish, succeed  
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cheng2  
De virtue, morality  
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de2  
Dong East, orient
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dong1  
Feng summit, peak  
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feng1  
Gang strong, hard, tough
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gang1 the Japanese given name 'Tsuyoshi' is also written with this character (using the traditional form)
Guo country, nation
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guo2  
Hu tiger  
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hu3  
Hui brightness
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hui1  
Jian healthy  
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jian4  
Jie hero, heroic
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jie2  
Kang peaceful, happy, healthy  
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kang1  
Li power, strength  
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li4  
Liang bright, brilliant  
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liang4  
Long dragon
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long2  
Meng fierce, ferocious  
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meng3  
Ning peaceful
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ning2  
Peng giant bird
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peng2 in Chinese legends 'peng' is a kind of giant birds, similar to the roc
Qiang strong, strength
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qiang2  
Shi generation  
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shi4  
Song pine tree  
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song1  
Tao big wave
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tao1  
Tian sky, heaven  
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tian1  
Wei big, large, great
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wei3