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My background is Chinese Indonesian and according to what I have been told my family spoke the Fukien/Hokkien dialect of chinese. My wife speaks cantonese and we would like to give our daughter a chinese name, but I can't give her the chinese character for my last name. What I am looking for a translation of my romanized chinese last name Tjiam into the appropriate chinese character. My pretty much pronounce it as it is written, but it is entirely possible that they are not pronouncing it correctly.

Many thanks.

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chaxiu

Hey,

I'm only guessing....If Tjiam is Chiam (1st tone) in POJ romanization, then it could be 詹.

You could try the Hokkien (Minnan) language forum at

www.chineselanguage.org

Hope it helps.

Chaxiu

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bubdub

Wow thanks for the link, unfortunately my father's surname isn't in there. The romanized chinese last name is Tjiam but my last name is Hardjana. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give. My wife is adamant on choosing a chinese name and will only finalize it once she know what my chinese name actually is. I did find my mother's chinese maiden name on there so it was nice to see :)

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Cyndi

You mean Tjiam? You can't translate it in Chinese directly. You need add sth.... and if you translate it, it cannot be one word. You just can choose some of them.

Like Tan Jiaming.

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Stefani
You mean Tjiam? You can't translate it in Chinese directly. You need add sth.... and if you translate it, it cannot be one word. You just can choose some of them.

Like Tan Jiaming.

Hi Cyndi,

What bubdub means is that his last name is Tjiam, in romanized / Indonesianized Hokkien. He needs to know what that character is and the Pinyin, so they can choose an appropriate name for their child.

In Indonesia, around late 1960s there came a regulation (although officially it was an "encouragement") for Indonesian citizens of Chinese ancestry to change names to Indonesian sounding ones, so the OP's Indonesian last name is Hardjana.

I am still researching what Tjiam is in Mandarin :-)

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chaxiu

hey,

As far as I know (and that being very little) '詹' is a common Chinese surname. It is pronounced Zhān in Mandarin and Chiam(1st tone) in Hokkien/Taiwanese (POJ romanization).

So my suggestion of 詹 was based on the possibility of Tjiam being pronounced Chiam1.

Chaxiu

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Stefani

Chaxiu,

Thanks for posting the Pinyin for Zhan1. I don't have Chinese Perakun at work so I couldn't see how to pronounce that character. I saw that there is another Zhan, with 2nd tone, Zhan2. Do you know how that will be pronounced in Hokkien? Just want to double-check so we don't assign the OP to the wrong family :)

Xie xie.

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chaxiu

Hey Stefani,

My dictionary tells me that in the whole Mandarin language there is only one character pronounced Zhan2. '薝' ....It gives no meaning for the character.

The only use i could find for the character was in the name of a plant, and then it was not pronounced Zhan2.

Hope it helps

Chaxiu

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Kaimei

Hello every one~

As far as I know the pinyin "JIAN"( 简 ) which is also a chinese last name,

Such as:

简崇志 Chongzhi Jian.

China's famous scenic painter

Maybe you could consider it

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Stefani
My dictionary tells me that in the whole Mandarin language there is only one character pronounced Zhan2. '薝' ....It gives no meaning for the character.

I am so sorry Chaxiu, I was wrong, it should have been Zhan4, not Zhan2, although the dictionary I use doesn't show that there is a surname with that. I'll research it more and post later.

I did get another reply that said Tjiam is Zhan1 with that Hanzi you gave 詹, so I am convinced that that is the correct one.

There you go bubdub, Tjiam is 詹, Zhan1.

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chaxiu

Hey Stefani,

Your right there is a Chinese surname Zhan4 '湛'. I couldn't find the Hokkien for it.:( I would assume the surname is quite rare.

Chaxiu

P.S. bubdub, let us know what name you choose

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Stefani
As far as I know the pinyin "JIAN"( 简 ) which is also a chinese last name,

Xie xie Kaimei, although bubdub is not really looking for a last name as he does have a proper Chinese last name, it is just he did not know what the Hanzi as well as the Mandarin pronunciation (he knew the romanized Hokkien only).

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Kaimei

Oh,I'm sorry that I was not take it seriously,

I just want to give some clues.

And,later I found a search result from Google:

Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon 2008- 繁 - [ 转为简体网页 ]

TJIAM SUET CHING, 詹雪晴, Hong Kong

It shows you are right.

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Lu

OP, maybe this is a stupid remark but do you have any family on your father's side that might shed some light on this? Your father, or an uncle or grandfather or cousin, might be able to tell you which character it should be, and then you're sure got the right one. Or even a picture of a wedding (Chinese weddings often have the last names of bride and groom put up at the back of the stage) or a grave of someone in your family.

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monto
As far as I know (and that being very little) '詹' is a common Chinese surname. It is pronounced Zhān in Mandarin and Chiam(1st tone) in Hokkien/Taiwanese (POJ romanization).

So my suggestion of 詹 was based on the possibility of Tjiam being pronounced Chiam1.

Chaxiu

I am nearly in the position to say Chaxiu is right.

in addition to the clue (TJIAM SUET CHING, 詹雪晴, Hong Kong )Kaimei provided,

I also searched my Korean dictionary for the pronunciation. 詹 in Korean pronounces as /t∫әm/ (international phonetic symbols), almost the same as chiam. There are many Chinese characters sound the same or very similar both in Hokkien and in Korean ( I know from Korean that even the word "Hokkien" now meaning Minnanhua actually stands for "福建" (fu2jian4 in Pinyin) originally, though Minnanhua is totally Greek to me) because, both as languages derived from ancient Chinese, Hokkien underwent less phonetic changes than the current Chinese, and Chinese characters and their pronunciation were introduced into Korea at early date. Particularly those sounds that end with /m/ completely dispeared in current Chinese, but still there in both Hokkien and Korean.

So we have now other criterion for candidate character for the right answer beside "surname":

Any candidate character should be proved to have pronuciation ending with /m/ in Hokkien or Korean.

Hope it might be useful.

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dolphinchum

hey! i know this is kinda late, but my Chinese surname is (zhan4) 湛! it would be really cool if your family's last name was zhan4 too. (I haven't met another person with the same name before :D)

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tio_tjuan_houw

Hi All,

Reading this post reminds me about my problem. I'm also Chinese Indonesian. My Chinese name in romanized / Hokkien is just like my username : Tio Tjuan Houw.

I have looked at google translate and I can find that Tio is Zhang ( 张 - Chinese Simplified). But I still have no idea about the rest of my name. Can you help me too?

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Beast mode

Hey my hokkien name is "go tuan hok" can anyone please translate it to mandarin?

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Michaelyus
On 2/2/2012 at 7:38 AM, tio_tjuan_houw said:

Tio Tjuan Houw

 

Unfortunately, without the tones this is relatively difficult. Perhaps you know what the meaning should be?

Tjuan (= Choan in Taiwanese Hokkien POJ) would usually be Quan or Zhuan in Mandarin.

Houw (= Ho[r]) would be Hu in Mandarin; I've found a quote that one Chinese-Indonesian politician with Houw in his given name = 虎

 

On 1/22/2020 at 12:51 PM, Beast mode said:

my hokkien name is "go tuan hok"

 

Again, lack of tones and meaning make this harder. The surname is almost definitely 吴 Wú.

 

"Tuan" could be 传 Chuán, or it could be 团 Tuán, or many others.

"Hok" could be 福 Fú, or it could be 复 Fù, or again many others.

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