What's in a Name? Part II
|Image source: Kai Chen Blog.|
|Kim, meaning 'gold' (metal). In Korean: 금.|
|Eun, meaning 'hill'. In Korean: 은.|
|Jung, meaning 'government'. In Korean: 정.|
Chinese name: 金垠廷.
Korean name: 김은정.
Romanized Korean: Kim Eun Jung.
In Part I it was promised that I would explain our compatibility based upon our Chinese characters. Please note the first character is identical in both of our names. The second character contains the radical of the character for 'water'. The third character, on the bottom half contains the Chinese character for 'tree'. See the previous post for a refresher on these symbols.
If you have Asian characters enabled: 金溫柔.
|'Water' radical, found in my name, (see previous post).|
|'Tree' character, found in my name, (see previous post).|
My wife's second Chinese character, Eun, or 'hill' contains the character for 'soil' or 'earth'. This goes well with the two characters from my name (tree, and water), therefore we can be considered compatible. If, for example, my wife's name contained the character for fire...
What do you think would happen with a fire and tree? Or how about fire and water? These, as you could have guessed, are antagonistic to one another, and it would not be a good mix, perhaps causing problems in our marriage.
This is part of the process before arriving at marriage in Asia, or specifically in Korea. One might visit a Jak Myeong So (작명소), a fortune teller of sorts, to determine the compatibility of a partner's name.
|'Soil, earth' character, found in wife's name. See second character, Eun.|
Please keep in mind that these are the opinions of the East and not necessarily representative of our own. We are of a different mindset here in the West. When these names were given to us they were not given due to superstition but based upon the meanings of the words, and their Biblical heritage. I hope you have enjoyed this.
- Reading Chinese Character Tips
- Wiktionary: 'Soil, Earth' Character.
- Wikipedia: Radical (Chinese Character).
- List of Chinese Radicals (See entries: 32, 75, 85).
- Wikipedia: Hangul (Korean Alphabet).