Friday, May 18, 2007

Tag: Meaning of Cairo

I looove this tag, thanks Jazzmint. After all, which mom doesn't like to tell people about the meaning of their kid's name? Especially crazy moms like me, who spent a few months choosing and picking (yeah, right after I know the gender), not to mention the numerous changes (name, not gender) hehehe.

Name in Birth certificate - DYLIS FOON CAIRO

1) Pronunciation:
- English = Dee-lease (not die-liss) Foon Kai Roe
- Mandarin = Pan1 Kai3 Rou2
- Cantonese = Poon1 Hoi2 Yau3

2) Meaning:
- Dylis is welsh for dependable & can be trusted.
- Foon is the surname / last name.
- Cairo is the shortened version of her chinese name, "Kai" means thriumphant victory and "Rou" mean gentle.
- As a whole, the name should mean "A person who is dependable and can be trusted, who will achieve thriumphant victory while maintaining a gentle disposition".

3) Note:
- As opposed to popular believe, Cairo is not her second ang moh name and she wasn't conceived in Cairo (I wish!)

- I hated the idea of giving away my naming rights much to the horrors of the old folks (who wanted a professional to do it instead). But look, I took a slash across my abdomen, the least I get is to name the child! So I got to choose both chinese and english name instead (all the while "consulting" hubby la).

- I can't read or write Chinese so I had to look for each shortlisted word's exact meaning online, see if there's a better way to write it and then, to calculate the number of strokes and overall "weight" of the name (very complicated process).

- I also checked for potential rude nicknames (very traumatising for kids, trust me) and gave up on a very nice chinese name cos it sounds ridiculous when written in english.

- For those who is interested on a more loh soh (long winded) take on the name choosing, you may wanna read Cairo's version of the "meaning of her name" also (erm, written by Cairo la, hehe) :D

I tag :
Hayward's Mommy
Mommy Yiau

Oh, no more mommies to tag lor, all kena oredi :p

Additional (22nd May 2007):

- Got tagged by The New Parent too!

**Start Copy**

Proposition: What is the meaning of your kid’s name?
Requirements: write about what or how or why you giving the name to your kids.
Quantity: FIVE PEOPLE.
Tag Mode:1st - You leave their blog and post link and add to the list below.
2nd - Let the blogger you want to tag know they been tagged by comment in their blog or etc.

Msaufong - Meaning Of SQ & Kiki’s name
Shoppingmum and Kids - The Meaning of My Kids’ Names - Justin and Isabelle
Chooi Peng - Kai WenJudy - Meaning of the name TERRY
Dragonmummy - The Meaning Of My Kids Name
Jasmine - Faythe & Vyktore
Mom of Cairo - Meaning of Cairo
Domestic Goddess


Jasmine said...

Okay okay!! Let me also explain my son's name at my own blog.

babyfiona said...

Wow! your princess will be very glad to have her name so cool!
i shall pull my hair and start thinking! :P

peimun & kendra said...

I like the mandarin & cantonese pronunciation.

cairo's mommy said...

thanks girls.

i believe that name is one thing we can never waste too much time choosing cos our little precious will be stuck with it for life :D

The New Parent said...

Hey CM--sorry I double tagged you (laugh). Great post on the name, though. Thanks for the very good info!