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Do you want to know how to write your name in Cantonese?

We’ll be honest with you—one of the questions we get asked the most on CantoneseClass101 is on — yes, you guessed it — names. The most frequently asked questions include:

  • “How do you write an English name in Cantonese?”
  • “Is it possible to make a nickname up and ask native Cantonese speakers to use it?”
  • “Are there any Cantonese names that sound like English names?”

For those who want to have their name in Cantonese, we have made it simple for you to write your name today. Yes, today! This post is your one-stop guide regarding Cantonese names!

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1. How to Write Your Name in Cantonese



Hong Kong people use Chinese characters to write English names in Cantonese writing. There are two ways to make your Cantonese name. The traditional way is making your name based on the meaning. If your name has any special meaning behind it, you can choose the Chinese characters meaning the same and place them each other.

Or, you can take out the sound of Chinese characters and make your Cantonese name that sounds similar to your English name.

For example, if your name is “Daniel,” you can break it down into three syllable. Da, Ni, El. Then, find a Cantonese character that sounds similar to each syllabe. 丹 (daan1,) 尼 (nei4,) and 爾 (ji5.) Lastly, place them together as in 丹尼爾 (daan1 nei4 yi5) for “Daniel.”

Here are some English names in Chinese characters.

  • Noah (諾亞 nok6 aa3)
  • Jacob (雅各 nga5 gok3)
  • Michael (米高 mai5 gou1)
  • Daniel (丹尼爾 daan1 nei4 ji5)
  • Jennifer (珍妮花 zan1 nei4 faa1)
  • George (佐治 zo2 zi6)
  • Thomas (湯瑪斯 tong1 maa5 si1)
  • Kimberly (金佰利 gam1 baak3 lei6)

If you cannot find your name on this list or want to make your name in Cantonese characters by yourself, here’s our audio series for you. Check out Cantonese Pronunciation Series and learn the basic Chinese characters and their pronunciation. This will help you learn basic Chinese characters and start writing your name in Cantonese by yourself!


2. How to Make Up Your Cantonese Nickname


How to Make Up Your Cantonese Name

If you want to have your own Cantonese name that sounds like a typical name that any native speaker could read and understand without problems, don’t worry.

Here’s a list of Cantonese names hand-picked by our team. Pick the one that you like and use it as your Cantonese name.


A. Cantonese First Names

- a. Cantonese Female Names

  • 嘉欣 (gaa1 jan1)
  • 小儀 (siu2 ji4)
  • 小芬 (siu2 fan1)
  • 心悠 (sam1 jau4)
  • 敏之 (man5 zi1)
  • 祖賢 (zou2 jin4)
  • 穎兒 (wing6 ji4)
  • 美薇 (mei5 mei4)

- b. Cantonese Male Names

  • 偉傑 (wai5 git6)
  • 志威 (zi3 wai1)
  • 業生 (jip6 sang1)
  • 家明 (gaa1 ming4)
  • 浩明 (hou6 ming4)
  • 華健 (waa4 ging3)
  • 偉豪 (wai5 hou4)
  • 朝偉 (ciu4 wai5)

B. Cantonese Last Names

For those who want to have your own Cantonese last name too, here’s the list of popular Cantonese last names.

  • 張 (zoeng1)
  • 陳 (can4)
  • 李 (lei5)
  • 王 (wong4)
  • 梁 (loeng4)
  • 周 (zau1)
  • 鄭 (zeng6)
  • 羅 (lo4)
  • 黎 (lai4)
  • 劉 (lau4)


3. Related Lessons


Everyday Cantonese
Are you an Absolute Beginner to Cantonese? This the easiest video series to start with! In this video series, you’ll learn the must-know Cantonese phrases, verbs, nouns, adjectives and all aspects of Cantonese that any absolute beginner should know. Perfect for learners that want to get acquainted with the top words and phrases in Cantonese.


Introduction to Cantonese
Want to learn Cantonese? Don’t know where to start? This is it. The Introduction to Cantonese series is perfect for those who know zero Cantonese but want to take that first step. In this series, you’ll learn all about the Cantonese language, as well as grammar, writing and phrases to get you started.


Cantonese Pronunciation Guide
Ready to sound like a native Cantonese speaker? Join us in the Ultimate Cantonese Pronunciation Series! You’ll learn the ins and outs of perfect Cantonese pronunciation. You’ll learn the common mistakes learners make, how to avoid them, and the nuances that only native speakers are aware of.


Cantonese in 3 Minutes
Learn the basics you need to be polite while speaking Cantonese. We will take you step-by-step through must-know phrases and explain the grammar and composition. Plus, you’ll get some special tips on how to be extra authentic when interacting with native Cantonese speakers.


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What's your name? Leave a comment. We'll write your name in the Cantonese alphabet ?

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Hi Laiane Wegner,

Your name in Cantonese is 拉亞尼‧維納 (laai1 aa3 nei4‧ wai4 naap6) ~ Laiane Wegner. 😉


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Hello! What would my name be? The pronounciation of my name is in German.

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Hello Monich Eng,

Your Cantonese name is 莫尼克‧伍 (mok6 nei4 hak1‧ ng5)。😉


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Hi! what would my name be in Cantonese?

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Hi Joe/Joseph Templeton,

Joe and Joseph can be translated to 祖 (zou2) and 祖瑟夫 (zou2 sat1 fu1) respectively. And 坦伯頓 (taan2 baak3 deon6) for Templeton. 😉


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What would my cantonese name be?

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Hello Roy manuel de guzman,

Thanks for your comment.

Although there are paid plans, we provide many free resources. 😉 Every single lesson that we have ever created has been free for a certain period of time. And every new audio and video lesson (we publish 3-5 lessons a week) is completely free to access for 3 weeks before going into our lesson library.


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Hi Alina,

Your Cantonese name is 艾蓮娜 (ngaai6 lin4 naa4). 😄


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Hello.... wish to learn Cantonese for free!

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My name is Alina. How do you say it in Cantonese?