My wife (32F) and I are expecting our first bundle of joy. We’re absolutely thrilled. I personally can’t wait to be a dad. The due date is April 21st. We’re from Ireland.
My wife has been a huge fan of the South Korean boy band Shinee since 2008. Their music apparently got her through a lot of tough times. Jong-hyun was a member of this group; he, unfortunately, passed away in 2017. From what I’ve read online about him he seems to have been an amazing guy. My wife was devastated when she found out about his death and told me that when we’ll have a kid and if it’s a boy she’s going to name him Jong-hyun in his honour. At the time I didn’t really take her seriously.
The time has come though and she’s VERY serious about it. She wasn’t joking. She even picked out the meaning ’cause it actually depends on the Chinese (Hanja) characters you use: 宗 (jong) – lineage, ancestry; ancestor, clan & 賢 (Hyeon) – virtuous, worthy, good; able.
She speaks Korean, I don’t.
I love how the name sounds, the nickname Jjong and the meaning but the issue is we’re both 100% White. I told her that I don’t think this is appropriate because we have no Korean blood in us and she said that’s not a problem since it’s cultural appreciation and not appropriation. She told me she doesn’t wanna compromise when it comes to the first name and I can just pick whatever middle name I want and she’s going to be okay with it.
She said that this name means too much for her to give up on it (her favorite singer / artist, born in the same year as her, our son is gonna be born in the same month as him, etc.).