20 Beautiful Traditional Chinese Baby Names

Kathleen Wong | Mar 26, 2020 Pregnancy
20 Beautiful Traditional Chinese Baby Names
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As one of the world's oldest and largest civilizations, China is chock-full of beautiful cultural aspects. From its ancient language to the gorgeous architecture, there are so many reasons to fall in love with Chinese culture. One of our favorite aspects about Chinese culture? The stunning names. The Chinese language is nuanced and has so many dialects, meaning there are so many different kinds of names to choose from -- and they're all equally beautiful. 

Names hold a lot of weight in Chinese culture. A baby's name is often made up of characters that will help lead the child into a good life that's full of prosperity and good luck. So, many Chinese names include short words that have meanings such as graceful, beautiful and strong. Nature is also a common theme in Chinese names, so expect references back to waterfalls, flowers, and the soil. 

We gathered 20 beautiful traditional Chinese baby names for those who are naming a newborn to definitely take into consideration.


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  • MEI

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    Sweet, simple and feminine, the baby name Mei means "beautiful." We think it would make a great first or middle name for any baby girl. 

  • JIAN

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    The Chinese baby boy name Jian is so bold. It has a meaning of "health" and will hopefully bring good health to anyone's baby boy!

  • JIA

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    How pretty is the name Jia? Although reminiscent of the Italian name Gia, in Chinese, Jia means "family" or "kin" and is perfect for the baby girl who will be part of a close-knit family. 

  • SHENG

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    The Chinese baby name Sheng is fit for a handsome baby boy! In Chinese, it means "victory" and is sure to lead any baby boy down the path to success.

  • CHAN

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    Is there a name more delicate than a name that means "snow"? We adore the graceful name Chan, which means snow in Chinese.

  • LI HUA

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    Li Hua is such a stunning name for a new baby girl. In Chinese, it means "pear blossom." Calling all spring babies!

  • WEI

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    In Chinese, the fetching name Wei means "valuable" or "brilliant." The name is gender neutral and is perfect for any future baby genius. 

  • MING

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    How adorable is the name Ming? In Chinese, the unisex name means "shining bright." Fun fact: Ming-Na Wen is the voice of the original animated Mulan.

  • LI MEI

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    The Chinese baby girl name Li Mei has the most elegant meaning: "pretty rose." We think its perfect for a sweet baby girl.

  • QIAO

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    Looking for a baby name with an unusual edge to it? How about a name that starts with a Q? The gender neutral Chinese name Qiao means "pretty" or "handsome" and is a great first or middle name.

  • LIANG

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    We're obsessed with the handsome Chinese baby boy name Liang. It's such a striking name! We can see a baby boy named Liang growing up to be a strong, independent person.

  • FAI

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    The spunky Chinese baby boy name Fai means "beginning." Perfect for a firstborn maybe? 

  • MING YUE

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    For a sophisticated Chinese baby girl name, how about Ming Yue? In Chinese it means "bright moon." Perfect for a baby with a smile that lights up the room.

  • LIAN

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    One of the prettiest flowers in Chinese culture is the lotus. The lotus flower represents perseverance and strength because it can grow proudly in the muddiest of waters. That being said, the baby girl name Lian means "lotus" in Chinese.

  • PARK

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    Although Park is a popular Korean surname, it also has a Chinese origin. It means "cypress tree" in Chinese. We like how straightforward and no nonsense it is. 

  • WEN

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    Into the arts? Consider the Chinese name Wen. This unisex baby name means "culture" and "writing" and is perfect for a future Pulitzer Prize winner.

  • BO

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    Is there a name simpler than Bo? Although a common name in various cultures, in Chinese, Bo means "waves." Perfect for a future surfer!

  • WEISHENG 

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    Have big hopes for a baby boy? How about naming him the uncommon but powerful Weisheng? The gorgeous baby boy name has a Chinese origin that means "greatness is born." How admirable!

  • XIAODAN

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    The unisex baby name Xiaodan is pronounced like Zia-o-dan and means "little dawn." We love how elegant this name is!

  • JIN

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    The Chinese baby boy name Jin is short but sweet and totally cheerful. In the Chinese language, it means "gold" and it's perfect for a baby with a sunny personality. 

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