Choosing an English name

Hi, I'm a student planning to further my studies in the UK/US and I'm trying to pick a English name for myself. My name is Wee Eu (pronounced wee-u). From my experience, people tend to butcher my name when introduce myself. On my shortlist I have Xavier, Elijah and Jacob. My father himself went with Michael Chen. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!


August 16, 2019 5:38 PM

Of those names I like Jacob the best. It’s very common on boys 5 and under where I live (in Canada) but not as common on adults, it seems. For other suggestions, maybe something similar to your original name? William, Wyatt, Wesley...

August 16, 2019 6:43 PM

I like Jacob and Elijah best,  Xavier is nice too.  Other names Daniel, David, Edward, Owen, James, Joel, Jared, Levi, Robert, Calvin, Nathan, Reuben, Simon, Thomas, Timothy, Zachary, Jeremy, Walter, Wesley, William, Anthony, Rowan

August 19, 2019 2:04 PM

I like all three, but probably would give the nod to Jacob as the most age-appropriate (assuming you were born sometime in the 1990s or very early 2000s). It's also a little easier, pronunciation-wise, than Xavier, which some people pronounce Zay-vee-er and others Eks-ay-vee-er.

Are there any qualities you especially want in a name? For example, do you want to connect it to your given name at all, do you want nickname options, etc.? If so we might be able to provide more suggestions, if you're interested.

August 25, 2019 10:53 PM

I agree that it would be nice to tie to your Chinese name Wee Eu, which is indeed a bit tricky in English.  How about Willem, Leo, Ian, Winslow, Wilmer? 

August 26, 2019 3:59 PM

In my expierience, people will eventually learn how to pronouce a name if you give them enough time. But if you're looking for a more English sounding name, I like Jacob.

Can I also suggest Leo or Louis (which would keep the -ee sound from Wee Eu)?