Name of the Baby – Part II

The dilemma (as Carroll put it) I am facing for the name continues. The good thing is, I still have time, but the more we think about it, the harder it seems to make a decision. The more you care about something, the slower the progress is, and the harder it is.

Wendy and I came out several candidate names. Let us share them here, and if you can read Chinese, let us know what do you feel about the name – let me do it just as a usability test.







  1. My favourite are 王乐凡 and 王子欣. The first one gives a happy impression and the second one is like the name of a prince.

  2. Have you considered any two-character names? How about 王罗, hehe. Or naming him after a famous person.

    Seriously, though, I like 王子欣. I just think it sounds nice.

  3. 王乐凡 …

    but is it “le fan”? or “yue fan”?

  4. My first reaction is that 王天哲 is a very good name for a man. Others may be more or less gentle :p

  5. 王天哲


    I think I like these both, but you and Wendy have the first say!!!


  6. Would you consider names with more masculine appeal?

  7. 《姓名登记条例(初稿)》规定 子女可按父母双姓起名

    內 地 10 大 流 行 姓 名

    1. 劉 波   130 萬 人

    2. 李 剛   106 萬 人

    3. 李 海   91 萬 人

    4. 張 勇   90.7 萬 人

    5. 王 軍   81 萬 人

    6. 王 勇   76.5 萬 人

    7. 張 偉   76.2 萬 人

    8. 劉 偉   72 萬 人

    9. 王 偉   70 萬 人

    10. 李 偉   69.5 萬 人

  8. 王乐凡。子欣像是台湾人的名字,有点女性化。纳言太直白。天哲没有乐凡好。逸凡是我一个同学的名字……

  9. 王乐凡 乐字

    王子欣 子字

    王天哲 哲字


    我更喜欢 王逸凡

  10. i like 王逸凡 and 王子欣 better

  11. 王乐凡。子欣像是台湾人的名字,有点女性化。纳言太直白。天哲没有乐凡好。逸凡是我一个同学的名字……

  12. 我喜欢王逸凡,宁静平凡,多难得的境界啊。

  13. I generally agree with the rest of the people that some of the names are rather Taiwanese and a bit feminine, or the very least, lacks punch. What about 王硕豪?

  14. 王乐凡


  15. 尊夫人贵姓?小孩子具体出生时间是何时?

  16. 王乐凡

  17. 太太叫范文峰(Wendy),the boy was born at 1:15 PM, June 2.

  18. I iike 王乐凡 and 王逸凡,乐-一生快乐,逸-飘逸潇洒,凡-凡中出奇.呵呵!

  19. 王乐凡 王天哲

  20. 王子欣 很别致的名字

  21. 王天哲 is my pick..

  22. 直接叫 王子 吧。。。哈哈。。。又简单又明确又大。。。

    我还没有孩子,不过已经想好了名字,无论男孩女孩,都叫 白天 :)


  23. my son’s name: 钱加乐, and i like “王逸凡”. And sure, it’s up to you.

  24. I prefer 王乐凡 (Wang Lefan)





    7-pronunciation (polyphone)





    7-pronunciation (with the letter Z)


    7-meaning (a straight meaning, too much for Chinese)








    7-pronunciation (Zh is harder than Z!)




    6-popularization (Many people have this name inculding one of my nephews)


  25. I like “王逸凡” better.

    “王” for the king

    “逸” for out of this world

    “凡” for out of the ordinary

  26. 夫人是不是姓fan,那就叫逸凡好了,乐凡的乐多音,不好念~

  27. 夫人是不是姓fan,那就叫逸凡好了,乐凡的乐多音,不好念~

  28. I would suggest considering something more upbeat. 建硕 and 文峰 are both good, upbeat names.

  29. 下午1时1刻为未初,”未”通”帷”,取”运筹帷幄”之意。



  30. Your baby is so, so cute… 王乐凡 seems like a very happy name…

    My wife (from Shanghai) and I are expecting our son on 10th September. We have had the same discussion around english names and chinese names – we have decided what both of the names will be now, but I agree with your comments around the legal requirement. For the record, he will have his english name on his passport and legal documents (which is a combination of an english first name and pinying of my wife’s family name as his middle name), but we have already decided on his chinese name also out of respect for both of our cultures. With all our blessings to you and your 小宝…

  31. 王乐凡,wang love fan? :P

  32. Strange Translation

    June 13, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    ?? – Wang Lefan… ‘happy & wordly’ – where does love come into it?

  33. Except 王天哲, all the other names are so girlish.

  34. Except 王天哲, all the other names are so girlish.

  35. And also, i think 天哲 is not that lucky, think about it carefully, u can figure it out.

  36. 王乐凡: This name sounds way too “chinese” (yes, its perfectly normal since you are chinese) but it sounds very “lao tu” so funny. very “diao er lang dang”. Don’t choose this name.

    王子欣: This name sounds alright. It seems to symbolise your hope for ur boy and your happiness in having him join your happy family :)

    王纳言: This name sounds funny and I can’t explain why. Very chinese again and it sounds funny too.

    王天哲: Hem…very philosophical….(no comment for this name)

    王逸凡: Nice name. It makes him special. Thumbs up

  37. Someone suggested giving ur boy 2 words name and I strongly discourage you to even think of that. Its very “lao tu” X 10000000000 times and you risk the chances of having millions of other chinese having EXACTLY the same name as ur boy

  38. Hi Jian shuo,

    how many weeks of paid maternity/ paternity leave do you and Wendy get when giving birth in China?

  39. Do you consider to hire a Feng Shui Master to pick a name for your son?

  40. 王乐凡 is the best of them.

    As far as I know, the precious things in one’s life is he or she can enjoy his or her life happily. enjoying ons’s life has anything to do with how much money one can have but is an attitude. That’s easier to say than done.

    乐凡 can indicate an a state of mind, a way to look at the wrold and a way to look at oneself.

    I think 王乐凡 can best express parents’ wishes to their lovely child.



    乐可以理解为”快乐” 凡,我想,就可以理解为”在这个世界上”吧。


  41. 王逸凡,好名字!

    王子欣 is also a great name, but sounds a little like a girl’s name. “鑫”更manhood些。: )

    王乐凡,the only “problem” with this name is that “乐”字是个多音字。


    王天哲, sounds very heavy and serious.

    王纳言? 好象听不出有简单快乐做人、生活的意思。Serious and irrelevant.

    Plus, fan is also Wendy’s last name. So, at least should keep “凡”字吧?

  42. 恭喜,王乐凡也是我曾经考虑过的给儿子的候选名字,hoho


    王子欣 王天哲 王纳言 王逸凡 王乐凡

  43. I like the name ‘Wang YiFan’. The others are not so good. The two names recommended by cube316 are pretty good.

  44. I like the name ‘Wang YiFan’. The others are not so good. The two names recommended by cube316 are pretty good.

  45. 王哲伟 and 王天哲 are definitely the best ones ;-)

  46. Not for ads.I tried names of my friends and mine as well on or not, its statements some kind of like the fortune of them.So I suggest try these name to see the result, anyway, another reference maybe, or just for fun.

  47. I agree with Jennifer. Till now I still don’t know what “na yan” means and I assume thats how its should be pronounced? It sounds heavy and serious and hard to be pronounced by non-chinese. Yi Fan is way more classy than le fan (as it most probably will end up being pronounced as “le1 fan1” (happy upside down)……

  48. ????Janbo Wang??????????????????

  49. 逸凡 强烈赞同取名 逸凡

  50. 我以为名字糙点好,以上名字都太轻了

  51. another choice: 王子

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