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Why do Chinese choose 'weird' English names?

( Updated: 2014-10-29 08:15

Editor's note: Many young Chinese like to take an English name but some of the ones they pick seem weird to native speakers. Why do they like having English names? Do you think it is necessary? Forum readers share their thoughts. You're welcome to add yours.

Matt (US)

I can't count the number of Chinese guys I have met named Tiger. I suppose they figure there is Tiger Woods, but they really don't understand that it isn't a normal name. I can't take it seriously. I met one named Cougar and I've met a guy called Ariel. All I could think of was Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'.

Why do Chinese choose 'weird' English names?

A Siberian tigers takes a dip in a cool swimming pool at a Siberian tiger park in Huangshan Mountain, East China's Anhui province, Oct 16, 2014. The weather in Anhui has been hot and dry in recent days. [Photo/IC]

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