Whenever I exchange emails with a Goofy Gao in China, the image of Goofy (above) never fails to float up in my mind. There's also a Colour Wu lurking in Shanghai and a Creamy Yu residing in Hong Kong. I've not met any of them but their colourful names make me want to fly across the world just to catch a glimpse of their face.
Sometimes, you can more or less gauge a person's personality by their name. I know two Spencers, one's a Taiwanese and the other's a Briton living in Australia. Both are really diligent and reliable guys. A name like Nigel tends to make one think of a serious person while Michael probably belongs to someone who's more fun loving.In Asia, it is not uncommon to find women with androgynous names like Ronnie or Sunny. I was pretty surprised when we met up. They are delicate young ladies, not tomboys!
Today's parents eschew traditional names and create fanciful ones for their child. We don't see many Bettys or Lucys these days. There are also years when some names are more popular than others. In YK's school, you can find at least a few Seans or Shauns in every class.
My name is rather cutesy. While it has worked pretty well all my life, I would probably feel a little awkward when I'm really old, wrinkled and has no trace of cuteness left in me.
Oh well. By then I'll probably be too deaf to hear or too senile to care.