Baby Names List #1

One of the toughest things that I’m facing right now is trying to find a name for baby. Names just mean so much in the world we live in. Otherwise we would all be called Child 2.4 or something.

To make things worse, my name is Adino. It would be very anti-climatic in the grand saga of the Chang kingdom if I were to call my child Herbert or something. No offense to those of you named Herbert or Something.

After begging and persuading my wife, I have decided to explore some unconventional names.

This is by no means a short list. In fact, it’s a long list. You know, (those of you who memorized it can say it together with me) it’s the draft version of the pre-final version of the short list. Disclaimer: Subject to approval by my wife.

Making things even harder is I’m Chinese. This means I have to think of a Chinese name that will not disgrace my ancestors.

I’m leaving that part to my Chinese educated darling. To make things clear, I only have one Chinese educated darling. Wait. I mean I only have one darling.

Ladies and gentlemen, puppies and mummies (the pregnant kind, not the dry wrapped kind), my list of names (subject to veto by wife):

Girl

1. Aeris

This is extremely geeky of me, but this name sounds so right. Aeris (or Aerith) is a character from Final Fantasy 7.

I like the name because it is a very sweet sounding name. It starts with the letter ‘A’ which is great. It reminds people of a sweet girl, which is nice.

Potential problems include mis-spelling as Aries, sounds too close to Alice, and also strong objections from wife who doesn’t agree to naming children after video game characters. “Why don’t you call your son Mario?” I can hear her say.

The name means “Earth”. I’m hoping it refers to the planet, not the pile of dirt worms live in.

2. Aiko

This name means ‘beloved child‘. Notice how the rest of the names have shorter entries compared to Aeris.

3. Miyo or Miyoko

This means ‘beatiful‘. Beautiful child if you add the ‘ko’ to the name.

Boy

1. Haruko

This means the firstborn child. I’m sure you’re starting to notice a certain theme going on here.

2. Kazuo

A man of peace. Which is what I like in a son. “Blessed are the peacemakers”

3. Keitaro

This means ‘blessed‘. But I can’t stop imagining that long haired keyboard playing musician who keeps swinging his head around. You know.. Kitaro. Good name if I want my son to be a musician.

4. Kisho / Kioshi

This means ‘quiet child‘. Perfect for those Sunday afternoons.

5. Masahiro

This means ‘wise‘, and would sound very impressive when he becomes a CEO of a company one day. I am MASAHIRO!

It also has the ‘Hiro’ in the name hehe… which would be cool since I’m a Heroes fan.

Conclusion

Okay, number one question on your mind is “Why Japanese names?”

I think they really stand out, especially if I could find a nice name. I would have to do extra research on the names (since its a foreign language).

So, what do you think about the names? Too geeky? Too weird? Too stupid? Unsuitable? Any suggestions?

Update: Check out our final selection of names!

Photo: Deon Staffelbach

19 thoughts on “Baby Names List #1”

  1. Must find a good name..
    Only you and your wife can decide what name should have..

    Adino: Yes, but it’s soo hard to find a good name that we both like.

  2. wah…tak mau la japanese name…
    hahaha…i got one long list of name for my kai-pa’s new born daughter…
    i dono whether isit still in my room…
    hahaha got really long one…

    Adino: Got any good ones?

  3. I think you could choose one that feels related to the word “Adino” somehow. Maybe your wife has another list that we could see?

    Adino: Oh, that’s a good idea… I’ve got to ask her for her list!

  4. I like the meanings behind the names. You’ve evidently put a lot of thought into the selections. πŸ™‚

    Adino: Actually my list is kind of biased hehe

  5. Really biased leh
    What will his friend think when teacher call : Keitaro Chang?

    Adino: “Weirdo. Your daddy so silly. I don’t want to friend you anymore” πŸ™

    Nov 30, 2014 Blog Entry on KeitaroChang.com

    My Father Was A Hippy

    I think my father was high on drugs the day he decided to call me Keitaro. I lost another friend today.

    This, it seems… is the story of my life.

  6. i dono ur good ones is like how worr…

    Adino: That means should be relatively rare names, does not remind people of scandalous celebrities and will not sound bad when combined with my surname πŸ™‚

  7. i propose a name somewhere between e to k..rationale being u dont have to wait too long on a queue but at at the same time wont b at a disadvantage example being the first to interview, sit for an exam etc..u get no tips at all and by the time the thingy is half over and you are a,b,c or d..u would have been forgotten. if too far at the back, they r oledi bored n jus want to get rid of u

    Adino: Haha, that’s a good suggestion! But then I think most probably I will register surname and Chinese name first, which means that baby will start with ‘Chang’.

  8. how about jeiel??? use Hebrew names lah, they’ve really got some nice one. Melkezedek,Mishael (Meshach),Nebuchadnezzar… see, dosen’t that sound bettter then japanese?????

    Adino: Hehe… Nebuchadnezzar? What about Jehosaphat? Too long la… but actually I’m considering Jonathan also πŸ™‚

  9. HAHAHAHAHA, another thought just came to my mind, you know, even after uch a unique name, 80% of the time, u’ll just be calling them ‘ah boy’ or ‘ah girl’…. hahahahaha

    Adino: Yeah lor… πŸ˜›

  10. erm world of cartoon…
    i wanted to buy but dono how to pass to u…
    hahhaa
    tot wanna buy for my future kai mui or kai sai low..aahahaha

    Adino: Hehe… ok I will make a trip there to buy the baby photos. I hope there’s some Asian babies. Don’t want to look at guai lou babies la

  11. awww, u’re even considering my name? thanks, that’s gonna be an honor, but if it’s a girl and you name her jonathan…… your wife gonna kill u

    Adino: Yeah, I’m preparing another list of names, this time with a Biblical theme.

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