Please Help!

My name is Zhang Lu wei,this is my chinese name.I would like to give me an English name base on my Chinese name. In my name, Lu wei is the first name,zhang is the last name , Lu wei means reed,my dad think reed is Vigorous vitality.  Is there any suitable name for me?

I think out some names, like 'Reedy'. But it is a girl name. I am a electronic engineer,30 years old,what about coen? Is there anyone who can help me ?  thanks a lot!


June 30, 2015 4:39 AM

Lu totally works in English!  Usually spelled Lou, it is a nickname for Louis or Louisa.  But it is also used as a stand-alone name all by itself.  I have also seen it spelled Lue. 

Americans usually pronounce the man's name Louis or Lewis (an alternative English spelling of the same name) as "loo-iss".  The French pronounciation though is more like loo-wee, the s at the end is silent.  In other words, extremely close to Lu Wei.  I think if you were in America and called yourself Louis, everyone would pronounce like Lewis.  But, if you went to Canada or Europe, Louis might be pronounced the French way and it's very close to your name.  Either way, Lou is still a nickname for either pronounciation!

By the way, do you know there is a famous American rock star named Lou Reed?  What a funny coincidence for your name!


June 30, 2015 4:47 AM

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By Lrun
June 30, 2015 5:28 AM

hi cm, your advice give me a great help, thanks a lot  . sorry for I hear Lou Reed first, but so coincidental it is, i like music also i will listen to his song later ~.~ thank you once again

June 30, 2015 4:43 AM

cm's great suggestions of Louis, Lou, or Louie would all work as sound-alike names.

Reed by itself is, in fact, a male name, so that is also a great option.

I've never heard of Reedy. The -y or-ie at the end will tend to make any name sound younger, and is sometimes used to make a traditionally make name into something that works for a girl (e.g. Frank/Frankie, Joe/Joey, Bob/Bobby), so that may be why it's considered female.

Of the two options, Reed would need more explanation for people to understand the connection to your given name, where the Lou- names would be pretty obvious.

Both would be familiar and easy to say, and both are getting more popular right now. The Lou- names were very popular a hundred years ago, so they feel more traditional. Reed feels more modern because it has only had low popularity until recently.

By Lrun
June 30, 2015 5:18 AM

Thanks nedibes  my leader's name is louis so i can't use this name  ~.~  i also think reed is too Simple .by the way what is Lou- ?  is Lou reed?

June 30, 2015 5:27 AM

Don't call yourself Lou Reed!  It's a rock star.  See

If Louis is your boss's name, yeah it would be awkward to take it.  Lu Wei also lends itself to Luke or Wayne as alternatives.

June 30, 2015 11:06 AM

"Coen" (or Cohen) isn't a good choice -- it is a sort of inherited title in some Jewish families, and shouldn't be claimed by people who haven't inherited it.

"Reed" (more often spelled Reid) is a normal, masculie name in the US, and is actually on my favorites list. I can think of a baseball player, a comic book super hero, and a TV comedy character with that name -- can't get more American than that. :-)

"Lou" and "Louie" are both common nicknames in the US, as others have described.  ("Luke" and "Wayne" or "Wade" also seem good suggestions.)

But I don't think your real name would be hard for English speakers to pronounce!

By Lrun
June 30, 2015 9:31 PM

luwei is reed's chinese pronunciation,  in fact  "lowell" or "lovell" looks like it most ,but i don't know if it is a good idea, Love makes me lose myself, I am always indecisive :-)

June 30, 2015 9:49 PM

Perhaps to preserve to sound of "Lowell" use Lawrence or Lawson? Lowell itself can be a name. You could also use Winslow. If you wanted to focus on the way the name looks rather than sounds, maybe Lucas, Lucian, or Luke (or the previously suggested Louis).

June 30, 2015 10:18 PM

Oh yes, absolutely to Lowell!  It's perfect.  I was also going to throw Waylon out there, but Lowell is much better.

June 30, 2015 10:31 PM

If your names sounds like Louie, then I'd choose Louie, despite what your boss's name is.  It is a common enough name that it shouldn't matter. 

July 1, 2015 9:08 AM

in your position -- wanting to avoid having the same name as your boss, and your name meaning "reed", I'd probably just go with "Reed".  It's familiar as a name and as a word.

You mentioned Coen in your post; I would personally avoid it.  As far as I know, it's a variant of Cohen, which is a name that lots of people find offensive (it appropriates a title from Judaism as a name). 

July 1, 2015 9:53 AM

In the case of the Coen brothers film-makers, yes, but much more frequently Coen is a Dutch name cognate with the Con- in Conrad.

July 1, 2015 1:20 PM

I think Reed would be a strong, stylish choice for you. Many men's names in English-speaking places are short--some people especially like one syllable names for men--so I don't think anyone would think it was too short.

However, if you want something longer, perhaps you could go back to the meaning your father had in mind of 'vigorous vitality'.

Some options that might work:

Fergus (from Gaelic meaning "man of vigor")

Nero (probably derived from "strong, vigorous"--this has a stylish sound, but the Roman Emperor Nero is the obvious association and he was Not A Nice Guy so it might not be a good choice)

Vitale (Italian, not exactly English, but the "vital" meaning is very clear)

If you're willing to stretch the meaning a little, you could also do Maximus or Magnus, both from Latin meaning "great"--these might be good options since the "great" meaning is fairly obvious.

Also, one more idea: Forest/Forrest. I think this has the same sense as Reed of strong and vital growth. This is probably my favorite option for you besides Reed or one of the Lou- names.

Oh, you asked what Lou- was...that's short for all the names that start with Lou, so Lou itself, Louis, and Louie. Also Louise and Louisa if we were talking about female names.

By Lrun
July 2, 2015 2:48 AM

To be honest,i like short name more,it easy to be called and remembered,on the basis of all guys suggestion I have made a summary now:  "Reed' "Reid" "Lu" 'Lou" "Louie" "Lowell" "wayne", i will choose one from them ,but if someone could given some different advices,it is welcome. :)          

By Fly
July 2, 2015 7:51 AM

Are you interested in any other suggestions?


These have a (sort of) similar meaning to 'reed'...

Carver (carver of wood), Sawyer (sawer of wood), Keith (meaning 'wood')

Or names that sound (sort of) similar to Lu Wei..

Lewin, Lowie (nn for Lodewijk, Dutch for Ludwig), Lawson, Laurence/Lawrence (nn Larry/Larkin), Lucas (nn Luca/Luke), Lucien

Wiley, Wallace, Walter, Wilton, William, Warren, Wendel, Werner, Wesley, Weston, Winston, Wyatt

July 2, 2015 11:36 AM

Lew is an alternate spelling for Lou that you might like.  It is short for the Welsh name Llewellyn, which I wouldn't recommend because it is long and seldom pronounced properly.

July 2, 2015 2:46 PM

I was also not suggesting Llewellyn, because it is very Welsh and not very common, so probably not a good call name for someone whose name is actually Chinese.

On a side note, I do love the name Llewellyn and its feminine version Llewella, with the alternate spelling Luella.

By Lrun
July 6, 2015 9:23 PM

How about Lowen or Loren

July 6, 2015 9:38 PM

I've never heard of Lowen, though I could see Owen working in your situation.  Loren sounds very similar to the feminine Lauren.