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Chewsiqi asked:
Is it necessary to engage a "fortune teller" to decide the name for your baby?

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Arora Valley answered:
You want to give your baby the best possible start in life with the wonderful gift of an auspicious name. In Chinese culture, names are very important and a good name can bring respect to its bearer. Traditionally, parents would use the services of a fortune teller or astrologer to suggest a good name for their baby . Based on the time and date of birth, the fortune teller can supposedly tell what kind of future the kid is supposed to have, as well as how balanced the five elements (water, fire, wood, metal, earth ) are within the child's body. Time is also a factor. If your baby is already born, you have a limit of 14 days to register your baby’s name so it is more efficient to go to a fortune teller. However in modern times, parents have the freedom to name their kids whatever they want. They can name the child after a line from a poem, use online names websites or just flip through the dictionary for a cool-sounding name. Know that names are not self-fulfilling prophecies and that giving your child a heavenly name will not guarantee heavenly behavior. Give a name decided well within the family and the one your child will be proud of later in life.

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April answered:
Initially we wanted to but hubby ended up being the fortune teller, he bought books and went online to search for a few websites that help him determined a good name for our girl.

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ChaiLian answered:
My friend spent $300 to get 5 names from the fortune teller based on baby "8 characters"

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yeelee answered:
i guess so... even i don't but my parent-in-law did..:)

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Mixueer answered:
This would depends on the parents. If you believe in good names will give your baby good fortune, then by all means. I would say this is subjective =). Well, no harm though... but heard some fortune tellers charge alot.

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Celia answered:
All parents will want our children to have a smooth and good future and also depends on individual whether to engage a fortune teller to name your child. For myself, we decide on his English name and submit baby's particular (Time of birth, Birthdate, Parents' Name.. etc) to Huaxia Taimaobi (http://www.taimaobi.com/) to calculate a good Chinese name for him. :)

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Janice answered:
I don't think there is a right or wrong answer to this question as it all depends on individual preferences. No matter what name you give your baby, it should be something you are comfortable with. There is no point giving a name that you don't like just because it was chosen by the fortune teller.

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Rei answered:
I did engage one for my baby's chinese name. It is more on the chinese character rather than the name cos they find out the preferred names and try to find characters that match too. I don't know how true it is that it will help in my baby's future but my husband said rather believe than not.

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Lynn answered:
My boy chinese name was chosen by my hubby. His name is 恩敬. Based on the Chinese character we find it meaningful. So not necessary to engage a fortune teller:)

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Florencia answered:
We did sort of engaged a fortune teller through my father in law. It has been decided from the very beginning that My husband and I will choose the English names for our children. We happily leave the Chinese naming to our father in law, who is the most traditionalist among the family and still go to see "someone" to get the most suitable name, as my side of family and my husband are not very much into the tradition.

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Irene** answered:
We as a parents alway wanted the best for our child. I feel that if financial is allow, why not? Choosing a English name is much easier than the Chinese name. Chinese name will need to depend on the child's "Sheng Chen Ba Zi" (etc : time/date of birth). At times, a baby birth is not only between the mummy and daddy only. Most family in Singapore still prefer the traditional way to pacify both the mummy and daddy's parent too.

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Felvira answered:
Personally, i don think its necessary to engage a fortune teller as firstly, you need to spend extra cash on the fortune teller and secondly i find that its very meaningful to give the baby a name which you and your spouse would also find it meaningful too. Because after going for fortune telling and stuff, you might not be able to get the name which you have choosen/like in the first place, secondly they will advise you on the good/bad points of the name which might cause obstructions in your mother's instinct of making decision. At this era, i believe that most people would like to live freely and believe freely, and often people comments and opinions does make an impact in our decision or emotions.

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