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The Ying and Yang of Chinese Names

The Chinese considered 3 stages of a man’s life ( birth, marriage and death ) as most important, as such there are numerous practices pertaining to each stage. At birth, a name will be bestowed to a child who will bear it for the rest of his life. As such, many details are taken into consideration when choosing a name. It is hoped that an auspicious name will smoothen the life path of the child by enhancing his hidden attributes and bring about good fortune.

The first thing to do is to assess the birth date of the newborn so that a Four Pillar reading or Bazi is obtained. Once we have the Four Pillar reading, we will know if any elements are missing. Using the available information, we can choose a good combination of elements for the name bearing in mind that the name must be balanced in yin and yang.

Numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and all odd numbers are yang, while 2, 4, 6, 8 and all even numbers are considered yin. In analyzing a name, the numbers of strokes in the Chinese character is assessed to determine the yin or yang gender of the word. Stroke counting though follows a specific principle in the Chinese Calligraphy and not merely the number of lines in the characters. For example, the following character, 矽, would be considered to have 8 strokes.

For an auspicious name, the characters involved must be a balance of yin and yang combinations. Good combinations are yang yang yin, yin yin yang, yang yin yin, yin yang yang, yin yang and yang yin.

Furthermore, the total number of strokes in the whole name is of paramount importance. Auspicious total number include the following: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37, 39, 45, 47, 48, 52, 63, 65, 67, 68, 73 and 81. However, 21, 23, 33 and 39 are considered unsuitable for female names.

Names are considered to be important to individuals as well as to institutions and companies. Therefore, businesses like to select auspicious names for themselves. The best names are those that can be balanced and are meaningful. Since company names may be longer than the usual two to three character-length of a person’s name, the application of the yin and yang combinations is slightly different. The recommended combinations are yin yin yang yang, yang yang yin yin, yang yang yin yin yin, yang yang yang yin yin, yang yang yang yin yin yin, yin yin yin yang yang yang.

Try to at least have a presence of at least one yin or yang character in a name if the above-mentioned combinations are not possible. The most unbalanced scenario would be when all the characters are yin or yang.


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