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  1. Guevara
  2. White
  3. Good Health / Healthy / Vigor
  4. McGough
  5. Faulkner
  6. Gilleo
  7. Wagner
  8. Flowers
  9. Lockhart
10. Morales
11. Villalobos
12. Husemann
13. Manolis
14. Gunn
15. Mazo
16. Wisteria / Wistaria
17. Confucius
18. Lee / Plum
19. Kishan
20. Soke / Shuke
21. First Born
22. Bruce Lee
23. Love and Devotion
24. Suzuki
25. Renni
26. Strong and Beautiful
27. Glory and Honor
28. Orchid
29. Chen / Chan / Yo / Jin
30. King
31. Southern Praying Mantis
32. Hua Mulan
33. The Mysterious Bond Between People
34. Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
35. Singleton

Guevara

China gé wǎ lā
Guevara

格瓦拉 is the Spanish family name, Guevara.

Probably the most famous person to have this family name is Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Cuban / Latin American revolutionary.

White

China bái
Japan shiro
White

A lot of people search our website for "white." I am not sure the purpose, unless your family name is white.

白 is the universal character for white in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In certain context, outside of the white definition, it can mean snowy, empty, blank, bright, clear, plain, pure, innocence or gratuitous. In Korean, this can be a family name romanized as Paek or Baeg.

Good Health / Healthy / Vigor

Also suggests being at peace
China kāng
Japan kou
Good Health / Healthy / Vigor

康 is a single character that means good health or vigor in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

康 can also mean peaceful, at ease, or abundant in some contexts.

Please note that this is rarely seen alone in Japanese Kanji. In Japanese, it is used both for health-related compound words and to denote the kouhou through koushou eras of Japan.

In Korean, this can also be the family name "Kang" (caution: not the only family name romanized as Kang in Korean).


See Also:  Health | Vitality | Wellness

McGough

China mài gāo
McGough

麥高 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the family name McGough.

Faulkner

China fú kè nà
Faulkner

福克納 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the family name Faulkner.

Gilleo

China jí liè ào
Gilleo

吉列奧 is the family name Gilleo transliterated into Mandarin Chinese.

Wagner

China wǎ gé nà
Wagner

瓦格納 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the family name Wagner


Note: We only offer family names upon special request. This entry in our database is the result of one of these requests.

Flowers

(family name)
China fú láo ěr sī
Flowers

弗勞爾斯 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the family name Flowers.


This sounds like "Flowers" in Mandarin Chinese but does not mean flowers in any way, shape or form. I strongly suggest the single character which means "flower" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.


See Also:  Flower

Lockhart

China luò kè hā tè
Lockhart

洛剋哈特 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the family name Lockhart.

Morales

China mó lā léi sī
Morales

莫拉雷斯 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the family name Morales

Villalobos

China bǐ lì yà luò wò sī
Villalobos

This is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the family name Villalobos

Husemann

China hú sī màn
Husemann

胡斯曼 is the best transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the family name Husemann.

Manolis

China mǎ nuò lì sī
Manolis

馬諾利斯 is the transliteration into Mandarin Chinese, for the Greek family name, Manolis.

Gunn

China gān
Gunn

甘 is the most common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the family name Gunn

Mazo

China mǎ zōu
Mazo

馬鄒 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Spanish family name (surname) Mazo

Wisteria / Wistaria

China zǐ téng
Wisteria / Wistaria

紫藤 is the Chinese name of the climbing woody vines of the genus Wisteria in the pea family featuring purplish or white flowers.

Confucius

China kǒng zǐ
Japan koushi
Confucius

孔子 is how to write the name of the great sage, known in the west as Confucius. His real name is Kongzi (The name Confucius is a westernized version of his name - his family name is Kong, and "zi" was added as a title of distinction). He lived some 2500 years ago in Qufu, a town in modern-day Shandong Province of Northern China (about 6 hours south of Beijing by bus). He was a consort to Emperors, and after his death, the impact of his philosophies still served to advise emperors, officials, and common people for generations. Also during these thousands of years, the Kong family remained powerful in China, and the Kong estate was much like the Vatican in Rome. The Kong estate existed as if on sovereign ground with its own small garrison of guards and privileges of a kingdom within an empire.

This was true up until the time the Kong family had to flee to Taiwan in 1949 when the Red Army took victory over the Nationalists during the Revolution. The home of Confucius was later razed and all statues defaced or stolen during the Cultural Revolution. Finally, after years of smearing his name and image, it is once again okay to celebrate the teachings of Confucius in mainland China.

Lee / Plum

China
HK lee
Japan ri / sumomo
Lee / Plum

李 is the most common Chinese character which sounds like "Lee" or "Li" and is used as a surname / family name in China.

李 actually means "Plum." So it's really Mr. Plum and Mrs. Plum if you translated the name instead of romanizing.

李 is not the only character in Chinese that can be romanized as "Lee" or "Li." If your family name is "Lee" or "Li" please be sure this is the correct character before you order this scroll (look at your grandparents' Chinese passports or other documents if you are an ABC and are trying to create a heritage wall scroll).

Famous people with this surname include Bruce Lee (Li Xiao-Long), Minister Li Peng, and famous Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai. In Korea, this is the original character for a surname that romanizes as "Yi".


Note: This also one version of Lee that is a common Korean surname. However, it's often romanized as "Yi" and sometimes as "Ri" or "Rhee."

Kishan

China jí shàng
Kishan

This an alternate transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Kishan. We like this one better because of the way it sounds, and the good meaning. 吉尚 is also a rare but real family name in Chinese culture.

Soke / Shuke

China zōng jiā
Japan Shuuke
Soke / Shuke

This Japanese word means "head of family" or "originator."

In Chinese, this is a name for Shandao (善導), a writer of commentaries on the sutras of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism.

First Born

Japan souryou
First Born

惣領 is a Japanese title for the eldest child, the oldest child, first born child, or child who carries on the family name.

In more ancient times, this was used to refer to the head of a warrior clan. It can also be a place name or given name "Souryou" or "Soryo" in Japanese.

Bruce Lee

China lǐ xiǎo lóng
Japan bu ruu su ri
Bruce Lee

Bruce LeeMany people have no idea that Bruce Lee had a "real" Chinese name. In mainland China and Hong Kong he is known as "Li Xiao-Long." He kept his family name pronunciation (Li = Lee). 李小龍 is a common family name that also means "plum."

His given name "Xiao-Long" literally means "little dragon." 李小龍 is why you often see the character for dragon associated with Bruce Lee on various posters etc.

For a pronunciation lesson, the "X" in Romanized Chinese is pronounced like a "sh" sound but with your tongue at the bottom of your mouth. The vowel sound in "Long" is like the English "oh," not like the "ah" sound in the English word "long."

If you are a big Bruce Lee fan, you should know this information, and you should have this wall scroll hanging in your room or martial arts studio.

Note: Japanese use these same exact Chinese characters / Kanji to write Bruce Lee's real name (with different pronunciation - which is a bit like how the name "Bruce Lee" sounds in English).


See Also:  Kung Fu | Marital Arts

Love and Devotion

China cí ài
Japan jiai
Love and Devotion

This title refers to the kind of love and devotion you might have to your children, or any loved one. This especially applied to your children but could also be any member of your family - spouse, etc.

This can also be translated as affection, kindness, love, to love affectionately.

慈愛 is also used in a Buddhist context with the same meaning.

In Japanese, this can also be a female given name romanized as Yasue.

Suzuki

Surname
China líng mù
Japan suzu ki
Suzuki

鈴木 is the Japanese surname, Suzuki.

鈴木 is the family name of the founder of Suzuki Loom Company, which later became Suzuki Motor Corporation.

This name can also be romanized as Sudzuki; Suzushi; Suzuko; Susuheki; Susugi; Susuki.

Chinese pronunciation is shown above but this is recognized as a Japanese surname when read in Chinese.

Renni

China rén nī
Renni

仁妮 is a name Renni in Mandarin Chinese. The name literally means "benevolent girl" in Chinese.

I kind of made up this name when my second daughter was born. The idea came for a feeling I got after performing a benevolent act for a poor family in Southern China. I want my daughter to follow that mode, and experience the same feeling one can only experience by doing benevolent acts.

Strong and Beautiful

China jiàn měi
Japan takemi
Strong and Beautiful

We don't really have a word like this in English but these two characters create a word that means "strong and beautiful." It could also be translated as "healthy and beautiful."

Note: 健美 is a word in Chinese and Korean but it's also the family name Takemi in Japanese. The characters hold the same meaning in Japanese but It's kind of like having the English name Stillwell, when few people would perceive the meanings of still and well.

Glory and Honor

China róng
Japan ei
Glory and Honor

榮 relates to giving someone a tribute or praise. It's a little odd as a gift, so this may not be the best selection for a wall scroll.

I've made this entry just because this character is often misused as "honorable" or "keeping your honor." It's not quite the same meaning, as this usually refers to a tribute or giving an honor to someone.

榮 is often found in tattoo books incorrectly listed as the western idea of personal honor or being honorable. Check with us before you get a tattoo that does not match the meaning you are really looking for. As a tattoo, this suggests that you either have a lot of pride in yourself or that you have a wish for prosperity for you and/or your family.

栄In modern Japanese Kanji, glory and honor looks like the image to the right.

There is a lot of confusion about this character, so here are some alternate translations for this character: prosperous, flourishing, blooming (like a flower), glorious beauty, proud, praise, rich, or it can be the family name "Rong." The context in which the character is used can change the meaning between these various ideas.

In the old days, this could be an honor paid to someone by the Emperor (basically a designation by the Emperor that a person has high standing).

To sum it up: 榮 has a positive meaning, however, it's a different flavor than the idea of being honorable and having integrity.

Orchid

China lán
Japan ran
Orchid

蘭 is the character for orchid in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Also: Epidendrum.

蘭 is used in some context to mean fragrant, elegant, or refined.

蘭 can also be the Chinese family name romanized as, "Lan." However, it is not the only character that can be romanized as Lan.

In Japanese and Korean, this character means orchid but is also used as a suffix or short name for the Netherlands / Holland.

Chen / Chan / Yo / Jin

Surname
China chén
HK chan
Japan chin
Chen / Chan / Yo / Jin

陳 is the most common character for a Chinese surname that romanizes as "Chen."

陳 is also a surname You or Yo in Japanese, though it can also be pronounced as Chin in Japanese.

In Korean, it is a surname romanized as Jin.

As a word, this character means: to lay out; to exhibit; to display; to narrate; to state; to explain; to tell.

The Chen clan or family was a small kingdom from 1046 BC to 479 BC. It was one of 12 small-but-powerful vassal states during the Spring and Autumn Period 770-475 BC. This name reappeared as the Chen Dynasty (陳朝) of the Southern dynasties from 557 AD to 589 AD.

King

China wáng
HK wong
Japan ou
King

王 is wang which means king. It is not pronounced the way you think in Chinese. It is more like English-speakers would want to pronounce wong. It has roughly the same vowel sound as tong, song, or long in English.

Note that this means king only, not emperor. An emperor is higher than a king, and theoretically is chosen by God, according to ancient Chinese culture. However, the definition is often blurred at various points in Asian history.

王 can also be defined as ruler, sovereign, monarch or magnate. It is also can refer to a game piece in the chess-like Japanese strategic game of shoji.

Note: This can also be a family name in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese (in Vietnamese it's Vương).


See Also:  Queen

Southern Praying Mantis

China nán pài táng láng
Southern Praying Mantis

This can be translated literally as "Southern School Praying Mantis" or "Southern Style Praying Mantis."

Despite its name, the Southern Praying Mantis style of Chinese martial arts is unrelated to the Northern Praying Mantis style. Southern Praying Mantis is instead related most closely to fellow Hakka styles such as Dragon and more distantly to the Fujian family of styles that includes Fujian White Crane, Five Ancestors, and Wing Chun.

This style of martial arts focuses more on fighting skills rather than aesthetics.

Of course, you already knew that if you were looking for this term.

Note: This title can be pronounced and does have meaning in Korean but only to Koreans familiar with Chinese martial arts.

Hua Mulan

China huā mù lán
Hua Mulan

花木蘭 is the name of the famous Chinese woman warrior Hua Mulan.

She was made famous in the west by Disney's animated movie, "Mulan."

Most of the historical information about her comes from an ancient poem. It starts with a concerned Mulan, as she is told a man from each family is to serve conscription in the army. Her father is too old, and her brother is too young. Mulan decides to take the place of her father. After twelve years of war, the army returns and the best warriors are awarded great posts in the government and riches. Mulan turns down all offers, and asks only for a good horse for the long trip home. When Mulan greets visiting comrades wearing her old clothes, they are shocked to find the warrior they rode into battle with for years was actually a woman.

The Mysterious Bond Between People

The invisible force that brings people together forever
China yuán
Japan en
The Mysterious Bond Between People

緣 / 縁 is a complicated single character. It can mean a lot of different things depending on how you read it.

In Japanese, it can mean fate; destiny; a mysterious force that binds two people together; a relationship between two people; bond; link; connection; family ties; affinity; opportunity; chance (to meet someone and start a relationship). It can also mean "someone to rely on," relative, reminder, memento, or the female given name, Yori.

It's basically the same in Chinese, where it's defined as cause, reason, karma, fate, or predestined affinity.

In Buddhist context, it's Pratyaya. 緣 / 縁 is the concept of indirect conditions, as opposed to direct causes. It's when something happens (meeting someone) by circumstance, or a contributing environment. Instead of a direct cause or act, it is a conditioning cause without direct input or action by the involved people.

Occasionally, this character is used in a facetious way to say hem, seam, or edge of clothing. In this case, it's the seam that brings or holds the clothing together.


縁Note: Japanese will tend to use the variant of this Kanji shown to the right. If you want this version (and are ordering this from the Japanese master calligrapher), click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above.

Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

China yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

This poem was written almost 1200 years ago during the Tang dynasty. It depicts traveling up a place known as Cold Mountain, where some hearty people have built their homes. The traveler is overwhelmed by the beauty of the turning leaves of the maple forest that surrounds him just as night overtakes the day, and darkness prevails. His heart implores him to stop, and take in all of the beauty around him.

First before you get to the full translation, I must tell you that Chinese poetry is a lot different than what we have in the west. Chinese words simply don't rhyme in the same way that English, or other western languages do. Chinese poetry depends on rhythm and a certain beat of repeated numbers of characters.

I have done my best to translate this poem keeping a certain feel of the original poet. But some of the original beauty of the poem in it's original Chinese will be lost in translation.

Far away on Cold Mountain, a stone path leads upwards.
Among white clouds peoples homes reside.
Stopping my carriage I must, as to admire the maple forest at nights fall.
In awe of autumn leaves showing more red than even flowers of early spring.

Hopefully, this poem will remind you to stop, and "take it all in" as you travel through life.
The poet's name is "Du Mu" in Chinese that is: 杜牧.
The title of the poem, "Mountain Travels" is: 山行
You can have the title, poet's name, and even Tang Dynasty written as an inscription on your custom wall scroll if you like.

More about the poet:

Dumu lived from 803-852 AD and was a leading Chinese poet during the later part of the Tang dynasty.
He was born in Chang'an, a city of central China and former capital of the ancient Chinese empire in 221-206 BC. In present day China, his birthplace is currently known as Xi'an, the home of the Terracotta Soldiers.

He was awarded his Jinshi degree (an exam administered by the emperor's court which leads to becoming an official of the court) at the age of 25, and went on to hold many official positions over the years. However, he never achieved a high rank, apparently because of some disputes between various factions, and his family's criticism of the government. His last post in the court was his appointment to the office of Secretariat Drafter.

During his life, he wrote scores of narrative poems, as well as a commentary on the Art of War and many letters of advice to high officials.

His poems were often very realistic, and often depicted every day life. He wrote poems about everything, from drinking beer in a tavern to weepy poems about lost love.

The thing that strikes you most is the fact even after 1200 years, not much has changed about the beauty of nature, toils and troubles of love and beer drinking.

Singleton

Family Name
China xīn gé dùn
Singleton

辛格頓 is the Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the surname Singleton.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Guevara格瓦拉gé wǎ lā
ge2 wa3 la1
ge wa la
gewala
ko wa la
kowala
Whiteshirobái / bai2 / baipai
Good Health
Healthy
Vigor
kou / kokāng / kang1 / kangk`ang / kang
McGough麥高
麦高
mài gāo / mai4 gao1 / mai gao / maigaomai kao / maikao
Faulkner福克納
福克纳
fú kè nà
fu2 ke4 na4
fu ke na
fukena
fu k`o na
fukona
fu ko na
Gilleo吉列奧
吉列奥
jí liè ào
ji2 lie4 ao4
ji lie ao
jilieao
chi lieh ao
chiliehao
Wagner瓦格納
瓦格纳
wǎ gé nà
wa3 ge2 na4
wa ge na
wagena
wa ko na
wakona
Flowers弗勞爾斯
弗劳尔斯
fú láo ěr sī
fu2 lao2 er3 si1
fu lao er si
fulaoersi
fu lao erh ssu
fulaoerhssu
Lockhart洛剋哈特
洛克哈特
luò kè hā tè
luo4 ke4 ha1 te4
luo ke ha te
luokehate
lo k`o ha t`e
lokohate
lo ko ha te
Morales莫拉雷斯mó lā léi sī
mo2 la1 lei2 si1
mo la lei si
molaleisi
mo la lei ssu
molaleissu
Villalobos比利亞洛沃斯
比利亚洛沃斯
bǐ lì yà luò wò sī
bi3 li4 ya4 luo4 wo4 si1
bi li ya luo wo si
biliyaluowosi
pi li ya lo wo ssu
piliyalowossu
Husemann胡斯曼hú sī màn
hu2 si1 man4
hu si man
husiman
hu ssu man
hussuman
Manolis馬諾利斯
马诺利斯
mǎ nuò lì sī
ma3 nuo4 li4 si1
ma nuo li si
manuolisi
ma no li ssu
manolissu
Gunngān / gan1 / gankan
Mazo馬鄒
马邹
mǎ zōu / ma3 zou1 / ma zou / mazouma tsou / matsou
Wisteria
Wistaria
紫藤zǐ téng / zi3 teng2 / zi teng / zitengtzu t`eng / tzuteng / tzu teng
Confucius孔子koushi / koshikǒng zǐ / kong3 zi3 / kong zi / kongzik`ung tzu / kungtzu / kung tzu
Lee
Plum
ri / sumomolǐ / li3 / li
Kishan吉尚jí shàng / ji2 shang4 / ji shang / jishangchi shang / chishang
Soke
Shuke
宗家Shuuke / Shukezōng jiā / zong1 jia1 / zong jia / zongjiatsung chia / tsungchia
First Born惣領souryou / soryo
Bruce Lee李小龍
李小龙
bu ruu su ri
buruusuri
bu ru su ri
burusuri
lǐ xiǎo lóng
li3 xiao3 long2
li xiao long
lixiaolong
li hsiao lung
lihsiaolung
Love and Devotion慈愛
慈爱
jiaicí ài / ci2 ai4 / ci ai / ciaitz`u ai / tzuai / tzu ai
Suzuki鈴木suzu ki / suzukilíng mù / ling2 mu4 / ling mu / lingmu
Renni仁妮rén nī / ren2 ni1 / ren ni / rennijen ni / jenni
Strong and Beautiful健美takemijiàn měi / jian4 mei3 / jian mei / jianmeichien mei / chienmei
Glory and Honor
荣 / 栄
eiróng / rong2 / rongjung
Orchid
ranlán / lan2 / lan
Chen
Chan
Yo
Jin

chinchén / chen2 / chench`en / chen
Kingou / owáng / wang2 / wang
Southern Praying Mantis南派螳螂nán pài táng láng
nan2 pai4 tang2 lang2
nan pai tang lang
nanpaitanglang
nan p`ai t`ang lang
nanpaitanglang
nan pai tang lang
Hua Mulan花木蘭
花木兰
huā mù lán
hua1 mu4 lan2
hua mu lan
huamulan
The Mysterious Bond Between People緣 / 縁
enyuán / yuan2 / yuanyüan
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu遠上寒山石徑斜白雲生處有人家停車坐愛楓林晚霜葉紅於二月花
远上寒山石径斜白云生处有人家停车坐爱枫林晚霜叶红于二月花
yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
yuan3 shang4 han2 shan1 shi2 jing4 xia2 bai2 yun2 sheng1 chu4 you3 ren2 jia1 ting2 che1 zuo4 ai4 feng1 lin2 wan3 shuang4 ye4 hong2 yu2 er4 yue4 hua1
yuan shang han shan shi jing xia bai yun sheng chu you ren jia ting che zuo ai feng lin wan shuang ye hong yu er yue hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng ch`u yu jen chia t`ing ch`e tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng chu yu jen chia ting che tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
Singleton辛格頓
辛格顿
xīn gé dùn
xin1 ge2 dun4
xin ge dun
xingedun
hsin ko tun
hsinkotun
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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