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Swan

China sī mò
Swan Vertical Wall Scroll

斯萬 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Swan. If your name is Swan, I suggest using one of the titles we have that mean "swan" rather than this one that just sounds like "swan."

Swan

China tiān é
Swan Vertical Wall Scroll

天鵝 is one of a few titles that can mean "swan" in Chinese. This one can be literally-translated as "heavenly goose."

White Swan

China bái hú
Japan byaku koku
White Swan Vertical Wall Scroll

白鵠 is the Chinese title for white swan.

It literally has the same meaning in Japanese but is used more often as the female given name, Akiko in Japan.

Swan / White Crane

Japan hakuchou / shirotori
Swan / White Crane Vertical Wall Scroll

白鳥 is the Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja title for white swan (Cygnus Bechstein).

The title literally means white-feathered bird. This title can also be used to refer to a white crane.

This can also be the Japanese surname, Hakuchou.

Great Aspirations / Ambition

China hóng hú zhī zhì
Great Aspirations / Ambition Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb implies that having great ambitions also means that others will not understand your great expectations and ideas.

Though the actual words come from a longer saying of Confucius which goes, "The little swallows living under the eaves wouldn't understand the lofty ambitions of a swan (who flies far and wide)."

This Confucius quote has led to this idiomatic expression in China that means "think big." What you'd really be saying is "The lofty ambitions of a swan."

Note that Chinese people sometimes refer to the little swallow, as one who does not "think big" but is, instead, stuck in a rut, or just leading a mundane life. Therefore, it's a compliment to be called a swan but not a good thing to be called a swallow.

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

天鵝


天鹅

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Mandarin tiān é / tian1 e2
Taiwan t`ien o / tien o
Chinese swan

白鳥

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Japanese hakuchou(p);shirotori;shiratori;hakuchou / hakucho(p);shirotori;shiratori;hakucho / はくちょう(P);しろとり;しらとり;ハクチョウ
Great Aspirations / Ambition Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (1) swan (Cygnus spp.); (2) white-feathered bird; (place-name, surname) Hakuchou; (female given name) Suwan; (place-name, surname) Shirotori; (surname) Shiradori; (p,s,f) Shiratori

白鵠


白鹄

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Mandarin bái hú / bai2 hu2
Taiwan pai hu
Japanese akiko / あきこ
Chinese (white) swan
Japanese (female given name) Akiko
swan


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Mandarin hú // gǔ / hu2 // gu3
Taiwan hu // ku
Japanese kugui;kukui(ok) / くぐい;くくい(ok)
Chinese swan; center or bull's eye of an archery target (old); goal; target
Japanese (archaism) (See 白鳥・はくちょう・1) swan; (place-name) Kugui


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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese large bird, possibly related to crane or swan (archaic); mythical monstrous bird, cf Sinbad's roc

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese variant of 鵾|鹍, large bird, possibly related to crane or swan (archaic); mythical monstrous bird, cf Sinbad's roc

鴻雁


鸿雁

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Mandarin hóng yàn / hong2 yan4
Taiwan hung yen
Japanese kougan / kogan / こうがん
Chinese (bird species of China) swan goose (Anser cygnoides)
Japanese (poetic term) wild geese; large geese and small geese

鴻鵠


鸿鹄

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Mandarin hóng hú / hong2 hu2
Taiwan hung hu
Chinese swan; person with noble aspirations

鵾弦


鹍弦

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Mandarin kūn xián / kun1 xian2
Taiwan k`un hsien / kun hsien
Chinese pipa strings, made from sinews of large crane or swan 鵾雞|鹍鸡[kun1 ji1]

鵾雞


鹍鸡

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Mandarin kūn jī / kun1 ji1
Taiwan k`un chi / kun chi
Chinese large bird, possibly related to crane or swan (archaic); mythical monstrous bird, cf Sinbad's roc

黒鳥

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Japanese kokuchou;kokuchou / kokucho;kokucho / こくちょう;コクチョウ Japanese (kana only) black swan (Cygnus atratus); (place-name) Kurodori; (place-name, surname) Kurotori

スワン

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Japanese suwan / スワン Japanese swan; (surname) Swan; Swann; (female given name) Suwan

大天鵝


大天鹅

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Mandarin dà tiān é / da4 tian1 e2
Taiwan ta t`ien o / ta tien o
Chinese (bird species of China) whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus)

大梵天

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Mandarin dà fàn tiān / da4 fan4 tian1
Taiwan ta fan t`ien / ta fan tien
Japanese Daibon ten
Mahābrahman; Brahma; 跋羅吸摩; 波羅賀磨; 梵覽摩; 梵天王; 梵王; 梵. Eitel says: "The first person of the Brahminical Trimūrti, adopted by Buddhism, but placed in an inferior position, being looked upon not as Creator, but as a transitory devatā whom every Buddhistic saint surpasses on obtaining bodhi. Notwithstanding this, the Saddharma-puṇḍarīka calls Brahma 'the father of all living beings'" 一切衆生之父. Mahābrahman is the unborn or uncreated ruler over all, especially according to Buddhism over all the heavens of form, i.e. of mortality. He rules over these heavens, which are of threefold form: (a) Brahma (lord), (b) Brahma-purohitas (ministers), and (c) Brahma-pāriṣadyāh (people). His heavens are also known as the middle dhyāna heavens, i.e. between the first and second dhyānas. He is often represented on the right of the Buddha. According to Chinese accounts the Hindus speak of him (1) as born of Nārāyaṇa, from Brahma's mouth sprang the brahmans, from his arms the kṣatriyas, from his thighs the vaiśyas, and from his feet the śūdras; (2) as born from Viṣṇu; (3) as a trimūrti, evidently that of Brahma, Viṣṇu, and Śiva, but Buddhists define Mahābrahma's dharmakāya as Maheśvara (Śiva), his saṃbhogakāya as Nārāyaṇa, and his nirmāṇakāya as Brahmā. He is depicted as riding on a swan, or drawn by swans; great brahma heaven

大白鳥

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Japanese oohakuchou;oohakuchou / oohakucho;oohakucho / おおはくちょう;オオハクチョウ Japanese (kana only) whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus)

大辯天


大辩天

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Mandarin dà biàn tiān / da4 bian4 tian1
Taiwan ta pien t`ien / ta pien tien
Japanese Daiben ten
Sarasvatī 大辯才天 (大辯才女); 大辯功德天 (大辯才功德天); 薩羅婆縛底; 薩羅酸底 A river, 'the modern Sursooty'; the goddess of it, who 'was persuaded to descend from heaven and confer her invention of language and letters on the human race by the sage Bhārata, whence one of her names is Bharatī'; sometimes assumes the form of a swan; eloquence, or literary elegance is associated with her. Cf. M. W. Known as the mother of speech, eloquence, letters, and music. Chinese texts describe this deity sometimes as male, but generally as female, and under several forms. As 'goddess of music and poetry' she is styled 妙 (or 美 ) 音天; 妙音樂天; 妙音佛母. She is represented in two forms, one with two arms and a lute, another with eight arms. Sister of Yama. 'A consort of both Brahmā and Mañjuśrī,' Getty. In Japan, when with a lute, Benten is a form of Saravastī, colour white, and riding a peacock. Tib. sbyaṅs-can-ma, or ṅag-gi-lha-mo; M. kele-yin iikin tegri; J. ben-zai-ten, or benten.

天鵝湖


天鹅湖

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Mandarin tiān é hú / tian1 e2 hu2
Taiwan t`ien o hu / tien o hu
Chinese Swan Lake

天鵝絨


天鹅绒

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Mandarin tiān é róng / tian1 e2 rong2
Taiwan t`ien o jung / tien o jung
Japanese biroudo / birodo / びろうど    tengajuu / tengaju / てんがじゅう
Chinese velvet; swan's down
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (noun - becomes adjective with の) (kana only) velvet (por: veludo)

小天鵝


小天鹅

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Mandarin xiǎo tiān é / xiao3 tian1 e2
Taiwan hsiao t`ien o / hsiao tien o
Chinese (bird species of China) tundra swan (Cygnus columbianus); Little Swan (PRC appliance brand)

瘤白鳥

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Japanese kobuhakuchou;kobuhakuchou / kobuhakucho;kobuhakucho / こぶはくちょう;コブハクチョウ Japanese (kana only) mute swan (Cygnus olor)

白鳥座

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Japanese hakuchouza / hakuchoza / はくちょうざ Japanese (astron) Cygnus (constellation); the Swan

刻鵠類鶩


刻鹄类鹜

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Mandarin kè hú lèi wù / ke4 hu2 lei4 wu4
Taiwan k`o hu lei wu / ko hu lei wu
Chinese to aim to carve a swan and get a semblance of a duck (idiom); to fail utterly in trying to copy something; to get a reasonably good, if not perfect, result

四句成道

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Mandarin sì jù chéng dào / si4 ju4 cheng2 dao4
Taiwan ssu chü ch`eng tao / ssu chü cheng tao
Japanese shiku jōdō
The swan-song of an arhat, who has attained to the perfect life: — All rebirths are ended,
The noble life established,
My work is accomplished.
No further existence is mine; four phrases on the attainment of enlightenment

珍中の珍

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Japanese chinchuunochin / chinchunochin / ちんちゅうのちん Japanese rarity; black swan

疣鼻天鵝


疣鼻天鹅

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Mandarin yóu bí tiān é / you2 bi2 tian1 e2
Taiwan yu pi t`ien o / yu pi tien o
Chinese (bird species of China) mute swan (Cygnus olor)

白鳥の歌

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Japanese hakuchounouta / hakuchonota / はくちょうのうた Japanese swan song

白鳥の湖

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Japanese hakuchounomizuumi / hakuchonomizumi / はくちょうのみずうみ Japanese Swan Lake (ballet)

鶏群一鶴

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Japanese keigunikkaku / kegunikkaku / けいぐんいっかく Japanese (See 鶏群の一鶴・けいぐんのいっかく) a swan among ducklings; a diamond among stones; a great figure among the common run of men

コクチョウ

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Japanese kokuchou / kokucho / コクチョウ Japanese (kana only) black swan (Cygnus atratus)

ハクチョウ

see styles
Japanese hakuchou / hakucho / ハクチョウ Japanese (1) swan (Cygnus spp.); (2) white-feathered bird
Dictionary

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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
Swan斯萬
斯万
sī mò / si1 mo4 / si mo / simossu mo / ssumo
Swan天鵝
天鹅
tiān é / tian1 e2 / tian e / tianet`ien o / tieno / tien o
White Swan白鵠
白鹄
byaku koku / byakukokubái hú / bai2 hu2 / bai hu / baihupai hu / paihu
Swan
White Crane
白鳥hakuchou / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
hakucho/shirotori
Great Aspirations
Ambition
鴻鵠之誌
鸿鹄之志
hóng hú zhī zhì
hong2 hu2 zhi1 zhi4
hong hu zhi zhi
honghuzhizhi
hung hu chih chih
hunghuchihchih
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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