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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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  • Write your name in the English alphabet. Our Cantonese teachers might not speak your language :’(
  • If your name is pronounced differently from the spelling, please let us know the pronunciation.

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1. How to Write Your Name in Cantonese

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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

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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

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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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Monday at 8:17 pm
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What's your name? Leave a comment. We'll write your name in the Cantonese alphabet ?

Myles
Sunday at 12:40 pm
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What is a good way to write + say my name in Cantonese? (Pronounced same as 'miles' in 'miles per hour')

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Wednesday at 4:50 pm
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Hi Emil,


No problem. 😉 Do you pronounce your name [E-mill] or [Eh-mill]?

If it's the former, Cantonese name is 伊苗 [ji1 miu4].

If it's the latter, that's 埃苗 [aai1 miu4].

One more bonus for you. In Mandarin, people will call you 埃米爾 [aa1 mai5 ji5]. Sounds totally different, right?


Arnold

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Emil
Wednesday at 12:28 am
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Could I please get to know my Cantonese name?

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Tuesday at 12:00 am
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Hi Jessica,


That's a huge responsibility! Among 20,000 Chinese characters in use, it'd be hard to pick another character for you!


Other than 詩 (poem) or 思 (think), do you have any other meaning to endow? Or do you wish to preserve a kinship to the pronunciation of Jessica?


Or else, combining them as 詩思 or 思詩 would be nice too!


Arnold

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jessica
Monday at 3:26 pm
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hi! do you think you can recommend some girl names with the character 詩 or 思?

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Monday at 8:27 pm
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Hi Kayleigh,


Your Cantonese name could be 紀莉! I know it does not sound completely similar, but that's the best version that could come out of Cantonese. 😳


Pronunciation is: gei2 lei6


Arnold

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Monday at 8:07 pm
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Hi Lila,


Your Cantonese name could be 拉娜!


Pronunciation is: laai1 naa4


Arnold

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Monday at 8:04 pm
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Hi Francisco,


Your Cantonese name could be 法蘭斯高!


Pronunciation is: faat3 laan4 si1 gou1


Arnold

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Kayleigh
Saturday at 6:57 pm
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I'm starting out in cantonese and I would like to know how to say my name! My name is Kayleigh (pronounced kay-lee).

Lila
Thursday at 5:07 pm
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Hello :) Recently, I've just started learning Cantonese, but I'd like to be able to adapt my name to a Cantonese pronunciation and spelling if possible in order to add to the immersive experience of being in the language! My name is Lila, pronounced in English as lai-luh or lie-luh (as in tell a lie.) Thanks so much in advance for your help!