Quote from Ouroboros313
Only some families do the generation thing. And (I read wikipedia too) some ancestor some time ago decided to write a poem and have all of his descendants follow it for the generation names. So, for example, the first generation's middle character would be the first word in the poem, and the next one the second, and so on and so forth.
So the generation name came from a poem... seems absurd to me but...ah, tradition is tradition.
Quote from Anime-Kamisama
Me too, I myself am chinese too and my name stands out too much. Its weng chi fa. Chi as in everyone. and fa and in gun hai fa chai. or the thing you say at chinese new years. So my names basically means for everyone to prosper. If other people read my name. I worry about being looked downed on cause of my strange name.
Really, you should not be so ashamed of your own name, its nice. My name is lei wen chao. lei as in lightning, wen as zhong wen or ying wen, and chao as in super or surpassing in some translations (the same one you see in "super"market). I don't know the meaning of it though.