Background Knowledge How do Chinese parents name their kids? Every single Chinese syllable has meaning(mostly more than one meaning, except that family names have no meaning), and every single Chinese word only has one syllable, when Chinese parents give their children names, they usually pick up 2 to 3 words (syllables), some of them pick up 4, but it is very rarely seen. And the first syllable is Chinese’s family name, the rest 1 or 2 are their given names. This is Chinese teacher’s name: 2 words (syllables) Her family name. *family name is only a name, has no meaning l ú xiàn 芦 宪 Her given name, Means CONSTITUTION. Her parents liked a news hostess named DU XIAN a lot, who is pretty and nice and smart, so they picked up this name. Also, they want a unique name for her, and this given name is not quite commonly seen. Finally, they decided on this name.