Many younger generation of parents like to give their kids an English (or more commonly known as Christian, Englishised or western) names, irregardless of whether they are Christians or Catholics or not. This phenomenon is especially pronounced in the Chinese community (as one forumer commented: it seems Chinese worldwide are using it esp Taiwanese, Hong Kongers, Singaporeans and lately mainlanders) and a small minority in the Indian and Malay communities as well. I wonder are Chinese more susceptible to cultural attack? It is a free country and anybody can call whatever names they like for themselves or their children, just that please spare some thoughts for the poor kids who may have to bear some unusual annoyance due to the poor choice of the names by their parents. Some of the ridiculous and famous ones are Monica Chng (touch your backside in Hokkien), Jasmine Gwee (What are you eating?), Michael Tan (egg seller in Cantonese). But the trend lately is many young generation of parents are outdoing one another by “inventing” new names by changing a letter or two to make it “uniquee“.E.g “Andy” becomes “Andi”, “Andee”, “Sky” becomes “Skye”, “Jason” becomes “Jaesson”, “Celine” becomes “Celinee”, “Celin”, “Celyn”,”Selyn”, “Romane” becomes “Romanne“, “Jayden” becomes “Zayden“…. Yeah how “innovative” some Singaporeans are when come to naming their children or themselves. Lack of self-esteem perhaps? Trying too hard to stand out from the crowd?
“My brothers chose not to give their children any Western names. One nephew, when he was in school, asked his parents’ permission to adopt a Western name. His mother Ho Ching told him: ‘In China, only waiters and waitresses use Western names.’ My father also explained how ‘Harry’ became part of his name and how he tried to remove it. To date, none of my nephews or niece has a Western name.” – Lee Wei Ling
Some are down right weird or hard to pronounce, here are some examples that Askmelah have come across:
Honey,Atomic, Nuclear,Baby, Ezekie, Izael, maximus, visa, Faymond (a play on Raymond),Sixx (???), Agatha, Abcde (he or she?), Trenice, Joash, Jaelle (With a mother who prefers to call herself Madeline instead of Madeleine or Magdalene, you understand why the unusual names for her kids). More weird and tongue twisting Singaporean names can be found in the ST’s article “Hello, my name is Abcde: How millennial parents are creating tongue-twisting names for their children“.
.[More wired names from HWZ : Neuer, JENSABELLA, Nathadaniel, juventus, krayvren]
Some of the weirdest English names that Askmelah has come across from the younger generation of mainland Chinese include:Welcome, Lipton, Summer, winter, spring, German, Lotus, Olympics, Vitamin, Tiger, Flower…..
The best of all and most bizarre name reserved for Suparman Batman – the infamous Singaporean thief named Batman bin Suparman was jailed after stealing a bank card from his brother and other petty crimes. Suparman Batman was born in Singapore to Javanese parents, with the regrettable name of Batman bin Suparman. Two superheroes in one name? (Read more:Batman and robbing!)
- Englishised names? Naming patterns amongst ethnic-Chinese Singaporeans
- Trend of using unique Westernised names reflects insecurity
- Mixed-race baby’s name cannot be registered under ICA rules
- No need for a ‘uneqqee’ name – Lee Wei Ling
- Funny baby names
- Singaporeans Love For Weird Names – Is It Lack of Self-Esteem
- Illegal baby names around the world
- What’s in a name? – the New Paper
Original: 6 Feb 2012, Last updated on 16 May 2016