Chinese Boy Names

By Nina Roman

Chinese boy names are steeped in history and carry significant meaning. As one of the world’s oldest civilizations, China has a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in its naming traditions. When choosing a name for a newborn, Chinese parents consider various factors, including family heritage, ideals, beliefs, and expectations. Traditionally, Chinese boy names consisted of one syllable, but nowadays, names with two syllables are more popular.

Chinese names comprise a family name (姓, xìng) and a given name (名, míng), written together without a space. The family name, typically one syllable, comes before the given name. When selecting a Chinese name, the sound, meaning, and visual appeal of the characters are considered. Parents may consult fortune tellers or feng shui masters to choose a name that embodies qualities their child may need in the future. Astrological events and zodiac signs at the time of birth can also influence the name, resulting in unique combinations based on the year, month, date, and time of day.

Additionally, birth generation plays a role in naming. Common Chinese names are often middle names, indicating the seniority or juniority of family members, fostering respect within the family. Unlike in some cultures, it is uncommon to name a newborn after an older relative, as it is considered disrespectful.

Meaning is another important factor in choosing a Chinese name. Parents may search for words with meaningful definitions and combine them creatively to create unique, cute, and rare names for their child.

With this understanding of the traditions and factors behind Chinese male names, we have compiled a list of Chinese names for boys, along with their meanings and a brief history of naming in Chinese culture, to provide inspiration and help you find the perfect name for your newborn.

Ai (愛) – love

An (安) – peaceful

Bai (白) – white

Bo (波) – wave

Cai (才) – talented

Chang (昌) – prosperous

Chen (辰) – morning

Cheng (成) – accomplished

Chong (重) – loyal

Cong (聪) – intelligent

Da (大) – big

De (德) – virtue

Dong (东) – east

En (恩) – grace

Fa (发) – prosperity

Fang (方) – square

Feng (风) – wind

Fu (福) – blessing

Gang (刚) – strong

Guo (国) – nation

Hai (海) – sea

Han (寒) – cold

Hao (豪) – brave

He (和) – harmony

Hong (红) – red

Hua (华) – magnificent

Huang (黄) – yellow

Hui (辉) – radiance

Jia (佳) – excellent

Jian (健) – healthy

Jiang (江) – river

Jie (杰) – outstanding

Jin (金) – gold

Jing (静) – calm

Jun (俊) – handsome

Kai (凯) – victory

Kang (康) – healthy

Ke (可) – able

Lei (雷) – thunder

Li (力) – strength

Lian (莲) – lotus

Liang (良) – good

Lin (林) – forest

Liu (流) – flowing

Long (龙) – dragon

Lu (禄) – prosperity

Ming (明) – bright

Nan (南) – south

Ning (宁) – peaceful

Peng (鹏) – majestic

Qi (奇) – strange

Qiang (强) – strong

Qing (清) – clear

Qiu (秋) – autumn

Rui (瑞) – auspicious

Sen (森) – forest

Sheng (胜) – victory

Shi (石) – stone

Shuai (帅) – handsome

Shui (水) – water

Song (松) – pine

Tai (泰) – peaceful

Tian (天) – heaven

Wei (伟) – great

Wen (文) – cultured

Wu (武) – military

Xian (先) – first

Xiang (祥) – auspicious

Xiao (晓) – dawn

Xing (星) – star

Xu (旭) – rising sun

Xue (雪) – snow

Yan (炎) – flame

Yang (阳) – sun

Yao (耀) – brilliant

Yi (义) – righteousness

Ying (英) – hero

Yong (勇) – brave

You (友) – friend

Yu (宇) – universe

Yuan (远) – far

Yue (越) – surpass

Yun (云) – cloud

Zhan (展) – display

Zhang (章) – chapter

Zhao (兆) – omen

Zhen (震) – shock

Zheng (正) – upright

Zhong (忠) – loyal周) – cycle

Zhu (竹) – bamboo

Zhou ((州) – state

Zhi (智) – wisdom

Zhong (中) – middle

Zi (子) – son

Zong (宗) – ancestral