Use this tool to add tone marks to pinyin or to convert tone number (e.g. hao3) to tone marks.

Although you can use the red buttons to add tone marks, we highly recommend you use the number method (e.g. hao3) for speed and placement of the accent above the correct vowel. [Hint: Type "v" for "ü"]
Note: You do not need to use this tool to enter pinyin in this dictionary.

How to Get a Chinese Name

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Why Get a Chinese Name?

Getting a Chinese name is not just fun for tattoos, paintings, and calligraphy practice, it’s also a way to become closer to a culture that has maintained its roots for over 5,000 years.


The characters used in today’s Chinese have evolved directly from text found on oracle bones dating back to as early as 1200BC. Getting a Chinese name connects you to that ancient world as well as draws you closer to people in China today.


Use Your Chinese Name on your Business Cards

Those doing business with China can benefit from printing their Chinese names on their business cards. It’s an easier way for Chinese business partners to remember you and it helps them to avoid losing face when struggling to pronounce more complicated Western names.

Contrary to what some Chinese name generators will imply, there is absolutely no way to “translate” Western names accurately into Chinese. If you’re lucky enough to have a name that has similar-sounding syllables in Chinese, then you can pick Chinese characters which sound similar. Those characters, however, can vary greatly and their meaning will not be related to your name.

How the Chinese Name Generator Works

Our Chinese name generator uses a system that chooses excellent Chinese characters and analyzes the sound of your name. This gives you a name that has a similar sound and a good overall meaning in Chinese instead of random characters which don’t make sense to Chinese speakers.


It’s quick and easy to get your Chinese name. Fill out your full name and enter your email address. We will create your Chinese name and send you an email that contains the Chinese characters, how to pronounce them, their meaning and information about your Chinese zodiac sign based on your birthday.

If you’re using a mobile device please follow this link to get your Chinese name!