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Sensei
Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 9:28:17 AM

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I wonder if someone can help me with picking a name for a character.

It's a girl, and it needs to start with Q.

Because of that, I decided that the easy way out was to make her of Asian lineage, perhaps Chinese with a transliterated name. But I have no idea what such a name would be, and would prefer something with a bit of authenticity.

That said, I'm not committed to her being Asian. Other suggestions are equally welcome.

Now, this thread could (and likely will), turn into a laundry list of replies, so instead, might I suggest replies be via PM. That way we don't clutter the forum. I'll report back. Promise.

Thanks very much in advance.

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Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 1:07:35 PM

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So you're posting in the forum, but don't want replies in the forum? Well I'm gonna be a rebel and post a reply, in the form of a link, anyway! Here's hoping that it may help others struggling for names. Search Google (other search engines are available) for the term "baby names" I like www.babynames.com because it gives origin and meaning of the name and is searchable and easy to use. Good luck in your endeavour!
Sensei
Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 2:16:00 PM

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Well, it's not that I didn't want replies, I just was trying to make a suggestion to keep the forum tidy.

I had considered doing an Internet search, but thought I might do better in asking for transliterated Chinese names more specifically than with Google. But that is ordinarily a good way to go.



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Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 4:25:33 PM

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Ordinarily, yes. I think your best bet may be to ask a Chinese person, if you're still set on a Chinese name. I like Qiao, it means pretty and is pronounced: Ch as in Chin, I as in It and and ow as in cOW. In chinese a lot of words that begin with the letters Qi are pronounced with a Ch sound and ao is pronounced with an OW or AW sound. Hope this helped.
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Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 9:02:36 PM

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Sensei wrote:


It's a girl, and it needs to start with Q.



Try this...

Girl Names : Q
http://www.justmommies.com/baby-names/girls/q

Who knew there were so many girl's names that started with Q?


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Sensei
Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 10:41:10 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:


Try this...

Girl Names : Q
http://www.justmommies.com/baby-names/girls/q

Who knew there were so many girl's names that started with Q?


You know, I think you may have indirectly done it for me.

I saw Quinn in that list. I had always associated that name with either TV producer Quinn Martin or comedian Colin Quinn - both men (in looking it up just now, however, I discovered that Quinn Martin was not his birth name), but then it struck me.... Daria Morgendorfer's sister was named Quinn - it is indeed a girl's name!

So, I think I'll nix the Chinese thing and just go with Quinn.

Thanks!

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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2012 6:50:19 AM

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Sensei wrote:


You know, I think you may have indirectly done it for me.

I saw Quinn in that list. I had always associated that name with either TV producer Quinn Martin or comedian Colin Quinn - both men (in looking it up just now, however, I discovered that Quinn Martin was not his birth name), but then it struck me.... Daria Morgendorfer's sister was named Quinn - it is indeed a girl's name!

So, I think I'll nix the Chinese thing and just go with Quinn.

Thanks!


It makes me think of Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman. sunny


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Guest
Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2012 7:30:33 AM

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I actually seriously considered Quinn as a kid's name, for a boy...

I had a girl though, so never used it in the end...
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2012 3:46:49 PM

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If I had been a girl, my mother was going to name me Priscilla. Thank the lucky stars THAT didn't happen! Can you imagine going through life being called "Prissy"?

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WayneGibbous
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:49:59 PM

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Try this, it's easy and works well for American-style names:

WayneGibbous
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:53:00 PM

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Rats!!! Somehow the post above got wiped of the link

try: random-name-generator/info

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