The Meaning Of My Online Name.
A lot of people have been asking me either through messages or chat, or comments or whatever what my online name means. I love sharing it but it's beginning to get a little monotonous typing it over and over again. So officially, for the record, here it is:
It's the Mandarin Chinese version of my english name. It is actually 3 separate words, with the last name first. Hong, Rui, Lin.
It's written using Pin Yin which is a form of writing the sounds of Chinese characters using the Roman Alphabet. Usually it would include numbers after each word to also represent the tone in which the character should be pronounced (one of four tones), but I choose to write it without it.
The Chinese characters that represent my name were chosen to sound similar to my english name, and then were chosen to have good meaning.
The Hong is one of only 100 traditional honourable Chinese last names.
The Rui represents my first name. It means sharp, keen (intelligent) maybe a little biting/cutting.
The Lin represents my middle name. It's literal translation, if I remember correctly, means precious jade. But not so literally, it means beautiful. And have also been told by a translator friend of mine from Hong Kong that it can mean soft/gentle/sweet.
I didn't choose it for myself, though I got to have input into it.Together they form a good balance, it's considered a very good Chinese name, and they pretty accurately describe my personality.
So there ya have it!
PS - By popular demand, in case you haven't read the comments, these are the characters: 洪 Hong 銳 Rui 琳 Lin
They are pronounced like this: Hong-ray-lean. Said with a rising tone, like asking a question, on the Hong, with a short sharp falling tone on the Rui, and the same rising/question tone on the Lin.