August 02, 2009

Introducing baby Yan Xin

Some of you have been really observant, and had noticed that I've tagged all baby-related posts to Yan Yan :-)

So lets officially unveil our little baby's name - Yan Xin, 彦欣.


This name was the brainchild of her che-che, where out of the blue one night, Yiu Yiu simply blurted out, "Mummy, I want mei-mei's name to be Yan Xin." We thought it sounded quite nice, so we started looking for Chinese characters with the pinyin "Xin", and we liked 欣 best. Nevertheless, since we wanted a name that matches her time and date of birth, hubby and I shortlisted a few more names, just in case.

Yiu Yiu had been going around telling everyone, even before I gave birth, that her mei-mei's name is Yan Xin, so we were really hoping that the name 彦欣 matches her time and date of birth. And luckily, it does. Otherwise, we'll have a hard time explaining to her why her mei-mei's name is not Yan Xin :-)

欣 is pronounced as Yan in Cantonese, so I guess we'll be calling her Yan Yan, just as we've been calling Yiu Yiu by her Cantonese name (the Mandarin pronunciation is Yan Yao, 彦瑶). But somehow, I think Yan Yan doesn't sound quite as nice as Yan Xin, or Yiu Yiu for that matter :-)

Anyway, Yan (彦), meaning elegant, learned, authoritative and influential, is the middle name that we started using with Yiu Yiu, and subsequently, hubby's brother's two sons also used the same middle name. Xin (欣) on the other hand, means happy, joyous and delighted. It certainly carries our hope that she'll grow up becoming a learned person, and lead a joyous and fulfilling life.

13 comments:

Cynthia said...

good name from cheh cheh to mei mei hah.. welcome to this exciting world Yan Yan, or Yan Xin (as what cheh cheh wanted) :D

Mummy to QiQi said...

congrats to your, Wai Leng.

SleeplessInKL said...

beautiful choice of names. and how wonderful for yiu yiu to have picked it out herself! :)

ryeli said...

nice name! yan-yan sounds nice too la. i liked it when i notice you started tagging her name. ;) ...somehow yan-yan to me sounds naturally like a mei-mei to yiu yiu.

sorry, i'm not chinese educated and don't know the chinese lingo that well so i'm going with my gut-fill and it does sound very nice! :D

jazzmint said...

like the name...and Yiu Yiu is certainly very creative :)

Ley Mei said...

wow... yiu yiu will be very proud in future that her sister 's name is from her.. so sweet and meaningful...

LittleLamb said...

nice name..indeed
the Yan is same as Philip middle name. However I didn't spelt it as Yan *girlish*.. so I spelt it as Ian.

BoeyJoey said...

At 3+ and she knows how to choose a name for meimei! Yiu Yiu is sure a creative little gal! :-)

And hey, I have an award for you here http://boeyjoey.blogspot.com/2009/08/lovely-blog-award-and-best-blog-award.html

A Mom's Diary said...

Cynthia/Chinnee/Mimi - cheh-cheh is happy mei-mei's name is as per what she wanted.

Syn - thanks. I guess I'll probably grow to like Yan-Yan the more I use it :-)

Jazz/Boey Joey - dunno if it's creativity or what, but she just blurted it out one night and the name stuck with her since then :-)

Ley Mei - hehe...I hope so.

Little Lamb - indeed, Yan will be too girlish for a boy :-)

KittyCat said...

Hellooooo...sorry for the late congrats!!! Been crazy busy :P

Yan Xin looks so, so, so cute and I love her Chinese name. Very unique :)

A Mom's Diary said...

Kittycat - hey no worries. You must be busy with getting back to Msia...are you back yet?

Anonymous said...

hi :)

you know what, my younger sister has the EXACTLY same name as your yan yan, and i also always call her yan yan as a nickname! moreover, it is the same chinese characters and pinyin...

i chanced upon your blog when i was searching for her name, when she claimed that her name is more unique than mine... haha and i found a namesake!

A Mom's Diary said...

Anonymous - haha! So Yan Xin is not that unique after all :-)