In Chinese my name means a gorgeous pearl. It is a beautiful name, but it is very common in my home country. In the same school, there may be one or two people with the same name.
Even though my name is very common, I love it very much. My name was picked when I was born. I was my parents’ first child. When I was born, my parents started to choose the name for me. They thought girls are supposed to have a beautiful name, so my parents checked the dictionary and analyzed the meaning of the different names.
At last, they chose the name “Yan” and “Zhu” to combine together. “Yan” means gorgeous and “Zhu” means pearl, so they hope my future would be like a gorgeous peal and I could have a wonderful life. In the U.S., I always use my formal name not my nickname at school. I hope everyone can remember my name.
In addition, in many cities in my home country, some parents don’t like to name their children after the parents’ and their relationships’ name, but the siblings always have one same character in their names. Honestly, I don’t understand why my home country China has these traditions, but maybe one day I will research this and find out why.