How do Chinese ancients take their names? The name reflects the social value orientation in the ancient context.
There are several characteristics of the ancient people's name:
First, yearning for wealth and status
Because of the yearning for the official, the ancient Chinese people also had a lot of names in the name of "臣". In the Tang Dynasty, there were 裴敬臣、陈梦臣, etc, In the Song Dynasty, there were 徐鼎臣、周得臣, and so on. There were 张元臣 in the Ming Dynasty. In the Qing Dynasty there were 赵廷臣、吴任臣, and so on.
Second, hope to prolong life.
Directly containing the word "寿(longevity)", or this type of name includes 龟(turtles), 鹤(cranes), 松(pines), 椿(Chinese toon) and other long-lived animals and plants.
The name contains the word "寿(longevity)": There were 韩延寿、甘延寿、毛延寿 in the Han Dynasty. 陈寿, author of the "Three Kingdoms" in Wei and Jin Dynasties. In Chinese history, the words with the word "寿" are: 房法寿、朱延寿、李延寿、朱寿昌、朱寿隆、李南寿、丘元寿、何元寿、陈谦寿、项笃寿、徐增寿、祖大寿；顾寿南、张寿荣、傅寿恭、陈鸿寿, and so on.
There are "龟(turtle)" characters in the name: 李龟年、王龟 in the Tang Dynasty. In the Song Dynasty there were 张龟年、彭龟年、刘龟年、徐龟年、王龟龄、徐梅龟, and so on. After the Yuan and Ming dynasties, the tortoise became a curse word. Few people had names with turtles.
Third, expect to eliminate the disease and bring auspiciousness
The names of ordinary people have the following habits:
Weight method: 九斤老太(nine pounds old lady)、九斤姑娘(nine pounds girl).
Five elements: 润土.
During the Republic of China, Western culture gradually influenced the local people. Some intellectuals and merchant families were advocating foreign names, such as 玛丽(Mary)、海伦(Helen)、彼德(Peter)、约翰(John)、汤姆(Tom).