Taiwanese Culture for Naming
Everyone has one name, and some people have more than one. A name is means who we are, so an identity is very important. We can know where one from is. One is a male or a female, or the one's personality—that we can get a lot of information when we get a name in the most of the time. The information from a name; it got me thinking.
In my opinion, there is a relation between a name and a culture. Taiwan was a Japanese colony, so some parents give their children a name which is borrowed from Japan. For example, a lot of boys are called 'Wu Xiong' (武雄), and a lot of girls are called "Cheng Mei" (成美). Those kinds of names are Japanese style; therefore, "A culture that is a way of thinking, behaving, surfaces in the activities which the people in a certain group peruse."(Allwood 41). A name can reflect a country's culture background. Another way traditional families name their children is by choosing a name from a book of their family names. Thus, the names are passed their generation and generation. In my father's case, his name was from our family traditional book. However, my parents did not want to give me a name which is from family traditional book, so my name was named by my parents.
There is an interesting story about my name. My mom said, before I was born, she had already chosen a name for me. One day, my mom was having lunch in a restaurant. There was an old man saw my mother, and he said my behavior would be more like a boy; however, if she put a word means "girl" into my name, my behavior would be more like a girl when I grew up. thus, one of the word which in my original name was "亭"(Ting), then my mom chose a word which is "婷" (Ting) for my name because in Chinese "女"(nv) means girl. A large number of parents having some expectations for their children, and we can found on their children name.
Although most of parents try their best to avoid children have a bad nickname which is recomposed...