Most Chinese people choose a Western name when they learn English (actually this is quite common in Korea too) and sometimes the results are somewhat odd.

I know an English teacher, she explained that sometimes they are encouraged to pick unusual names so that they don’t end up with a classful of Janes and Johns. Surely there are enough real names in the English language without having to resort to these though (all people i’ve met over the last few years):

Men:

Action

Wellington

Fish

Fortran

Chivas (as in Chivas Regal whisky)

Spark

Pirate

Evergreen

Brown Gu (Swiss James blogged about this guy but I can’t find the page)

Women:

Natural

Fanny

Mickey

Kinki, coupled with the unfortunate surname “Ho”, (colleague of a friend in shanghai, never met her)

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