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I want to give myself a formal English name, where should I start? Should I look up in the Bible? Does anybody know some stuff about it on the Internet?

Oh, p.s. my Chinese name means "sophic and acute".
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You can buy books of English names and there are lists of the year's most popular names, which you should be able to find on the internet.
You might want to consider that in England, names go in and out of fashion, so people of different ages have different names, although there are quite a lot of names which seem to crop up in a lot of age groups.

Why don't you tell us your age and sex and we could all give you a list of suggestions to pick from? Do you specifically want a biblical name?
Yes, I'm a girl of 23. I have been using SOAPY as my English name since high school because the pronunciation of my nickname is similar to that of SOAPY. Then after a whole week's English classes on the text about the vagabond Soapy, all my classmates called me soapy. However, every new friends asked why I was called soapy and said it's not a name. I think i may need a formal one...
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Here are a few names that would be appropriate for your age group:

Sarah
Charlotte (often shortened to Charlie)
Samantha (often shortened to Sam)
Heather
Joanne
Emma
Natalie
Donna
Louise
Karen
???
Does each of these names contains some desired essence about personal character or skills or something like that?
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Western names have etymological histories, Soapy, but they are often abstruse and do not often enter into naming a child. More likely is the simple sound of the name and its resonance with the surname, family precedent or other associations which it carries (many name their children after famous people), or pure faddism (there was quite a spate of 'Seaweed's and 'Rainbow's during the hippy era).

I am curious as to why you would want a foreign name. What's wrong with your own? I will tell you candidly that it seems strange to me. Unless I were required to do so by religion or nationality, I would not consider it myself. Or is it just a new screen name that you are seeking?
You say your name means "sophic" and that you have been using "Soapy" (which is a rather inelegant nickname, and may even be inappropriately suggestive).

May I suggest, therefore, Sophie? It is a familiar variant of "Sophia" or "Sofia," which is a common and respectable woman's name in many cultures. "Sophia" originally was a Greek name, meaning "wisdom." It sounds much like your current nickname but is more elegant. Or, to take a step farther away from your current nickname, "Sophia."

The "ph" is pronounced as an "f." The "o" is long. Written phonetically, it would be "Sofy."

Best wishes, Arly
Hi,

Are you still worry about your English name, right or not?

Give you good net sites:

http://www.babynamesworld.com /

http://www.halo-nation.com/forum/showthread.asp?postid=16445

I think these sites maybe good for you.

Wish you have a good English name!!^^

Don't forget to tell me your English Name as soon as you named.
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