Main / Entertainment

Brilliant funny Asian names unusual to Americans

Alexander Alexeenko - 15.03.20

In July, 2013, the pilot of Asiana Flight 214, which crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport, was named "Captain Sum Ting Wong" you'd call him out on an offensive joke, right? The anchorman blindly reads the names out loud, and doesn’t not realize that "Sum Ting Wong" sounds like "something wrong"—and it may sounds deeply offensive. Or that "We Tu Low" sounds like "we too low". Some Asian names sound unusual for Americans, sometimes funny. let's go through the history of Asian names to better understand the culture and traditions. We do not aim to offend a group of people on a national basis. All photos are taken from open sources.

The history of the origin of Asian names begins even before our era, during the existence of early feudal states. The first names were eventually supplanted by names that began to be written in Chinese characters with a "correction" for pronunciation. Folk traditions, a kind of oriental thinking had a huge impact on the meaning of names.


1. Why are there so many funny Asian names?

It has long been believed in the East that a correctly chosen name can attract luck and happiness to a person. Therefore, choosing a name for a newborn, parents try to adhere to the rules that have developed in the system of naming for centuries. To choose the right name, you need to take into account the time of birth (these data largely determine the fate of a person), the interaction of the male and female principles, the influence of the five primary elements on the future life of the baby. There are no established names; each name consists of two or three characters with a suitable meaning. The countless combinations of 5,000 thousand “permitted” hieroglyphs are explained by the fact that the eastern inhabitants do not have the concept of “namesake”.

2. Funny Asian names Korean originating

What are the concepts behind names? For example, in Korea, a name with an individual meaning shows what hopes parents placed on their child, what qualities they tried to instill in him through the name. The most common hieroglyphs for a name are those that mean positive character traits and appearance features - chon (sincerity), hyo (reverence for parents), mi (beauty). To make a name, hieroglyphs can be used that call animals, plants and objects - Ho (tiger), Juice (stone), Hwa (flower). For example, the name Young Jun consists of two concepts - “courage” and “exceptional, outstanding.” All together means "an outstanding and courageous man." Typical Korean names have got members of BTS.

Choosing a name for a child often depends on the fashion. For example, if in the middle of the twentieth century many names had Japanese roots (Sunzha, Yonzha), now names that are based on the original Korean words - Hanyl (sky), Isyl (purity, dew) have become popular. Recently, the number of "Americanized" names has increased in Korea. Many Koreans began to use names that are easy to pronounce in English and can be written in hieroglyphs - Suji (Susie), Jeyin (Jean).


3. Japan originating funny Asian names

Japanese names are an important part of national culture, the history of their origin is associated with the beginning of the formation of the Japanese language three hundred years before our era. The Japanese name has many features. One of them is that the letter does not display the name itself, but the meaning of the name. The name can have up to four hieroglyphs, but usually there are two. Each character has its own meaning, and together they, thanks to the connecting elements, form a single whole. Sometimes names are so complex that only the owner himself can accurately reproduce them. The type of hieroglyphs is taken into account, each of them should have a favorable number of features. And of course, the name should be in harmony with the surname, so the sound of hieroglyphs is taken into account. Ancient Japanese names necessarily contained one of the hieroglyphs of the name of the parent: the boy had the father, the girl had the mother. In modern Japan, this rule is not always adhered to. To write names with an extremely rare meaning, hieroglyphs are used that have long been obsolete.


Another distinguishing feature of Japanese names is intonation. From the slightest change, one name can easily be transformed into another. For example, the same character with different fluctuations in the voice can sound both Higashi and Azuma. Reading many Japanese names is difficult. Names can go back to grammatically changed words: verbs in the nominal form, adjectives in the old form, full forms of verbs. It is clear that the translation of these names can be difficult and sounds funny.

Funny Japanese Asian names and their meanings are unique and diverse, but each of them carries certain information that can be divided into several types:

  • names indicating affiliation with a profession or position. In this category, many names end with -be and -suke: Yumibe (shooter), Daisuke (excellent assistant);
  • Japanese names with a value borrowed from nature, for example Hanako (flower child);
  • names that mean character traits and moral principles: Makoto (honest), Takeshi (strong);
  • names containing numbers and numbers, for example, Ichiro (first son).
  • In addition, usually male and female names are used with a suffix indicating the relationship to the name bearer:
  • “Sama”, “san” - respectful suffixes;
  • “Kun” is a suffix for masculine names of close friends;
  • "Chan" is the mildest suffix, used with very close acquaintance, mainly when referring to girls and children.

The list of Japanese names for men is very long, one might say, endless. Almost 50 thousand characters were used to write them until the mid-twentieth century, and sometimes they had to use a dictionary to read them. Now the number of characters for names is reduced to 166, however, male names are still more difficult to read and understand than female ones. Sometimes a name even contains a foreign character, which contributes to an easier reading of the name. In the male Japanese name, as a rule, there are two or three meanings, for example, Akira (the youngest son). Sometimes there are four-digit names written using the alphabet, in which there are no characters and their transliteration of Asian names could be funny.


In ancient times, thanks to certain components, one could find out by name about the social status of its owner. The particle "uji" in the name meant that the person belongs at the top of society, and "be" - to the working class. So there were whole genera, united by these components. Many male names have preserved the particles of "iti" and "shiro" from the names corresponding to serial numbers - Ichiro (first), Shiro (third), Kuichi (firstborn).

The Asian names of women in Japan most often have an abstract meaning. They are joined by signs denoting positive qualities - “ma” (true), “u” (tenderness), “mi” (beauty). Many parents prefer to give daughters a name in which there are hieroglyphs with the designation of flowers and other plants: "take" (bamboo), "kiku" (chrysanthemum), "momo" (peach), "ine" (rice). Sometimes a weather phenomenon and season are “interspersed” in the name: “yuki” (snow), “natsu” (summer), “kumo” (cloud).

Not all names consist of hieroglyphs. Some are written in a syllable alphabet that does not change. Those who want to portray their name with hieroglyphs take the general meaning of the name as a basis and select the desired characters. Recently, Japanese women have more and more common foreign names: Emili, Maria, Rena, Anna.

Asian Japanese names for women and men are the embodiment of the centuries-old traditions of the inhabitants of Japan and the unlimited fantasy of Japanese parents. You can invent completely new names, you should only use the allowed characters. However, there are popular Japanese names whose composition changes from time to time. In recent years, the list of popular names has not changed significantly. Also some American find Italian names funny as well.

#BTS #Funny Asian names #History #Korea #Korean names #Meme #Moniker #Nickname #Wierd names #Italy News

Do you like this article? Please share this on your social media. It helps us to be better!

Last articles in "Entertainment"