Yumiko-Yumi, Not 'Yummy-Yam'!
James from Taiwan asked me if I have an Enligsh name 'Yummy' and I found the blog on 16th May, which he wrote about English names in Taiwan. I have to tell you the story of my English name which I end up not to name for my self !!!!! As he wrote, many asian peple have their English names as second name or nickname. However here in Japan, we do not usually have English names. My name is pronounced as follows : 'Yu' for 'you' but you do not extend the sound, just 'yu'. 'Mi' for 'me' but again, please do not extend, and 'Ko' for 'co'.
My name is written in 由美子. I was named after my father's name so we shared the same 'Kanji' character (由) for the first letter. It's a shame to tell you 'MI=美' means beauty. The last letter 'ko' means 'children'. This is how I was named! Usually Japanese people have their own story as the parents give their name with some wish like me. Please do not care if it is true or not....lol! I'd have to tell you my family's name as well : My mother is Fumiko, I am Yumiko, my sister is Yuriko, and my youngest siter is Yukari!!!! Isn't it confusing??
It was 3 years ago when I first heard the word 'yummy'. When I had lunch with Chinese Canadian guy, he said 'yummy!'. I asked the spelling and found it was very similar to my name. Later I went to Singapore, and met many people who both had the English & Chinese names. So I wanted to have an English name and thought 'Yummy' was the best!:)! This meant delicious, sounded cute and spelled almost same as me! I asked friends how you think if my name were 'Yummy'. Well,,, first they laughed a bit at the idea, told me 'Yummy' did not sound like name and it did not have nice meaning for the name. Also I found 'Yam' was the name of potato!!! I did not want to have the potato's name for myself!!!!!!!! Finally I decided not to have the English name. haha!
Do you have the story of your name? It is interesting to know how the people are named in your cultrue. I would appreciate if you kindly post your origin of the name.
Dear Amy, I am sorry that I did not realize you gave me the choices for the previous question. I realized it after I posted my blog.. Thank you for the kind answers. It helps me a lot to understand how they work. I checked the weather forecast and it said ' 33C, sunny for Tokyo, 28C, rainy for Delhi'! I am surprised to know Tokyo is hotter than Delhi. Please take care.
Have a nice day for everyone!:)
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