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    #1

    About my english name

    Hello!

    I'm from Hong Kong and I recently found out that foreigners were surprised when they heard my English name.
    My name is Christian.My mum named me Christian because I was born at Christmas.
    I would like to know is my english name is appropriate to use in foreign countries.

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: About my english name

    Welcome to the forum.

    There is nothing unusual about your first name in most English-speaking countries. I don't know what you mean by "appropriate" to use in "foreign" countries. Do you mean non-English-speaking countries?

    It's your name. Of course it's appropriate. Use it whenever you introduce yourself!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: About my english name

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Christian:

    Here in the United States, I have met some people with your first name. No one cares in the least.

    As you know, this grammar website is limited to language topics, so I will have to be VERY careful about the following.

    I do think that if you visited certain countries, it IS possible that your first name might cause some concern among some people.

    If you were to work in those "certain countries," then the matter of your first name might be a topic of appropriate discussion between you and your manager.

    In other words, it might become necessary -- for diplomatic reasons -- to use another English name, either temporarily or permanently.

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    #4

    Re: About my english name

    I am not a teacher.

    It is also quite a popular first name in France, and very popular in Scandinavian countries. It doesn't pose a problem to anyone I know.

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    #5

    Re: About my english name

    Quote Originally Posted by christianM View Post
    foreigners were surprised when they heard my English name.
    What foreign countries were they from?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: About my english name

    You could always shorten it to Chris if you like.

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