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“In ancient days, all parents wish to give their children a good and meaningful name. The selected names hold expectations that parents have of their children, with the hope that the children will bring glory to their ancestors and become prominent figures.” – Grand Master Tan Khoon Yong of Way Fengshui Group

Possibly the most important word to each individual, a name is the greatest connection to one’s identity and individuality. It is a gift and legacy from our parents, and to our children, which would stay with us throughout and beyond our lives.

How Fengshui plays a part in the selection of a name?

In Fengshui, we aim to bring harmony between people and their surrounding environment based on the Yin and Yang energy and by keeping a fine balance of the Five Elements, namely Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, according to Way Fengshui.

The Chinese have a saying, ‘一命, 二运, 三风水,四积阴德, 五勤奋’, which means destiny is the foremost factor for success, followed by luck, Fengshui, accumulating merits by doing good, and education. With the use of Fengshui to select a suitable name, one can reap the optimal benefits in his/her destiny.

Way Fengshui introduced the Chinese Name Selection service in the 1980s, with the theory of selecting an ideal name that is compatible with one’s Bazi (life formation). To date, we’ve selected names and given life analyses for more than 20,000 babies.

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With a good name and an understanding of your child’s Bazi and personality, it will be easier for parents to give support and guidance, enabling a smoother path in life for your child. Recognizing that a good English name is equally important in the multilingual community that we live in, Fengshui practitioners at Way Fengshui apply similar theories to help expecting parents select an ideal English name for their baby.

If you’re expecting the arrival of your little one in this Year of the Rat (from now until 02/02/2021), read on to know a list of English names for boys and girls born during this period.

Boys’ Names
















Girls’ Names

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What names can’t you call your baby?

Funny but potentially tragic for a child, here are some examples of Asian names that may invite mindless taunting and unnecessary ‘childhood trauma’:

The name ‘Anne’ has an English origin that means grace. It’s a beautiful name, right? But if coupled with the last name such as ‘Zhang’ (in Mandarin) or ‘Chang’ (in dialect), Anne Zhang/Chang actually sounds like ‘dirty’ in Mandarin, which is a far cry from the original meaning! The child is bound to endure endless teasing and bad jokes throughout her life.

Darriah is a popular Indian name with the meaning ‘kingly or regal’, but due to it sounding like ‘diarrhea’, the poor child may not appreciate her name as much. If your last name is See, you may want to avoid naming your son ‘Danny’ as Danny See sounds exactly like ‘squeeze you to death!’ in Hokkien. You get the idea.

Jokes aside, there are factors to consider during the Fengshui process of name selection, such as deficiencies or exceedingly strong elements in your child’s Bazi. It is important to analyze and select words with the right number of strokes and auspiciousness.

This is why it is important to engage the services of a professional Fengshui practitioner to help in the selection of baby names.

Baby names inspired by pandemic:

1. Covid and Corona

2. Ko'rona Vyress

3. Lockdown

4. Covid Bryant

5. Covid Rose

6. Coviduvidapdap

7. Quarantina

8. Kovvy

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