How do you pick your Anglo name?
June 3, 2011 12:21 AM Subscribe
I live in Australia, and have noticed lot of the students I study with who are from somewhere in East Asia will adopt a Western name while they're over here, presumably to make things easier for thick-tongued Anglos. I'm curious about how these names are selected.
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Typically they're not the names of current celebrities, but often have a slightly antique quality. Is there a Big Book of Anglo Names published, and people just pick one that sounds euphonious? Were I to pick say, a Chinese name to go by, I'd choose something that sounded similar to my Anglo name, but this appears not to be a pattern much followed. Can anyone shed light on the matter?