So, is your name unique too?

The other day a friend of mine has, over the facebook, asked for suggestions for names starting with the letter “K” for her niece’s newborn twin babies. Of course there were many suggestions posted for her niece to choose, including the name “Kyla” which my friend noted that it may sound “Kee Lah”. Hahaha! She is right! And “Gila” means mad!
See, it is so important to choose a good name. Chinese believes that the most important asset that as parents can give to their children is an auspicious name that they will carry for the rest of their lives. It is important to give thoughts for the meaning as well as for the sound of the name.
My cousin always says “NG” surname for the Cantonese is a difficult surname to fit in names. Because any words starting with the word “NG” gives a negative meaning. For example, if you want your daughter to be beautiful and name her Mei Lai, with the surname NG, it would be NG MEI LAI meaning not beautiful!
There is this joke about two people meeting for the first time.
So, what is your name?
“LEE KONG SI”
“NG KUM KONG”
“LEE KONG SI”
“NG KUM KONG”
After a while, each realise that each has said his name. One is LEE KONG SI which means “You Say First” while the other name means “Dare not Say”. Hahaha!
Nowadays, if one feels that he or she does not have a nice Chinese name, they would just include an English name for themselves. A girlfriend born in the month of May calls herself “MAY” and another born in June calls herself “JUNE”. Yes, those are very common names nowadays. But this guy calling himself “AUGUST”, to me, was a breakthrough!
Then I know a guy who calls himself “CHAMPION” and another who calls himself “HANDSOME”. Hmmm, good choices, right? But what about choosing the name “ORANGE” after “APPLE” became popular?
But nobody can beat my latest acquaintance. Her surname is YOUNG and the person who introduced her said, “Let me introduce to you a person who would never grow old. Please meet Miss Young.” And I thought it was a joke until I saw the name card. And what a way to be introduced; forever Miss Young!
So, is your name unique too?
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