15 Most Common Chinese Names in Singapore and Malaysia


Last Updated on 2023-06-22 , 12:19 pm

When you’re about to welcome a new bundle of joy into your life, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is what to name your child.

Perhaps you’re simply interested in exploring the popular Chinese names in Malaysia and Singapore. Whatever the case, we’ve curated a list just for you.

Jun Jie

Let’s start our journey with Jun Jie. I can recall two classmates bearing the same moniker during my school years.

Each time the teacher had to call them out for their turn at the chalkboard, it was like navigating a maze of confusion.

Yi Ling

The name Yi Ling seemed to echo in my classes almost every year. The more Yi Lings, the harder it was to distinguish one from the other.

Zhi Hao

Zhi Hao is a name that hits close to home for me. I felt a pang of dismay when I realised my own name was among the most common, but I’ve since come to terms with it.


Each academic year introduced at least two more Zhi Haos, excluding yours truly.

Jia Hui

There was a time when spotting a Jia Hui became an annual routine, like the return of a migrating bird.

Jia Hao

Jia Hao sounded rather cool to my ears, at least until its frequency increased. Spotting two in a single year made the cool factor wane just a bit.

Xin Yi

Xin Yi is the sort of name you could bet on hearing in your upcoming class, an almost guaranteed fixture.


Hui Jie

Hui Jie is one of those names that commonly appears. It seems to have a certain allure, often associated with charismatic lads.

Hui Min

My encounters with Hui Min spanned both primary and secondary school – and no, they weren’t the same person!

Jia Yong

My first encounter with a Jia Yong dates back to my preschool days, followed by a couple more during my tertiary education.

Jing Yi

The name Jing Yi has always brought to mind an air of elegance. Every bearer of the name I’ve met exudes this grace in her own unique way.

Yi Wei

The name Yi Wei began standing out to me only in recent years. It’s now synonymous with an intelligent persona who has a knack for making insightful yet tactful remarks.

Yi Ying

A Yi Ying I’ve known had a distinctly assertive, commanding aura about her, the kind that made people sit up and take notice.

Jun Kai

For some reason, every Jun Kai I’ve met seemed rugged. There must have been at least five of them throughout the years.

Hui Ting

Hui Ting, a name that always brought a pleasant ring to my ears year after year.

Sze Jie

Sze Jie – every time I hear this name, I picture a cool guy skillfully smashing a volleyball.

And that’s it! An entertaining stroll through the most common Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese names. Do you think these are common Chinese names too? Have you encountered them frequently? Perhaps you bear one of these popular names? We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.


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