Rev. 0, © 2004 Valerie L. Putman (known in the SCA as Yin Mei Li)
This Chinese name site provides information and documentation a person may use to help identify or construct a Chinese name for use and registration in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). Much of the work for this site grew out of the author's research for her own persona and her work as a book herald.
One page briefly describes background information to help Western readers understand the name information. Another page briefly describes basic and general naming practices.
However, it is hoped that, eventually, the bulk of the information will be lists of historical Chinese names and analyses of those names. Each list begins with a few short paragraphs about the list contents, identifying, for example, the range of dates for the listed names.
Chinese characters are used in various contexts, primarily with the Romanized versions of listed names. The characters are from a font set, but this author hopes she writes well enough that you do not need a Chinese character font to understand the information presented in these pages.
The site is designed to be viewed in frames. It is also designed to allow readers to open the pages separately without losing information. Other conventions for the site structure and information presentation are described in the "Background" page.
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Background information about Chinese languages, written characters, spoken tones, Romanization methods, and the conventions by which information is presented in these pages.
Basic Naming Practices
Information about the basic naming practices used in China, including the various types of names and information about how to address a period Chinese person
Historical Feminine Names with Their Native Characters
List 1: names of women born before 1650, for which the author has Chinese written characters
Other Historical Feminine Names
List 2: names of women born before 1650, for which the author has not yet found the Chinese written characters
Feminine Names from Fiction
List 3: names of human women from fiction written and/or published between 300 and 1600
A Caution About Some Chinese Characters and Feminine Names
Characters and syllables that might complicate a person's search for feminine Chinese names
Information about an earlier version of the feminine name information, which was published in the proceedings of a Knowne Worlde Heraldic and Scribal Symposium
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This page last updated September 26, 2004.
Prepared by Yin Mei Li, who is also Octofoil Herald, and signed with her chop