English names are used in the English-speaking world: the UnitedStates, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and manyother regions. With the ever-increasing popularity and prevalence ofEnglish language around the world, English names, mainly first names,are also adopted in non-English-speaking countries like China. Whileselecting preferential English names, Chinese people often make use ofhomophonies, which sound like their given names in Chinese though dif-fer in meanings to a considerable extent in most cases. If we know someetymological, especially the semantically implied aspects of the targetnames, we may get our desirable English names as expected. With ad-mirable names, we are likely to be treated as we wish to, especially whenour names serve as our symbolic identity without our physical presencein various circumstances.
English names are used in the English-speaking world: theUnitedStates, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,and manyother regions.
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