Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fact of the Day: Chinese Emperor Henry

The last Chinese Emperor Puyi was taught English by Scotsman Reginald Johnston and "chose" the English name Henry for himself after reading about the names of past English kings. 

13 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Many people from Hong Kong, and China in general, still choose English names for themselves today. I have some friends from there, and I've actually never heard their Chinese names but their English ones are the ones they've used when talking to foreigners. It's really interesting, I think. How you can know somebody for years, without really knowing even their birth name. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and leaving me such a kind comment.

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Pat Hatt said...

Wanted to be a copy cat...err umm human

Christine said...

Interesting.

NanaDiana said...

I love how you find these facts, Adam!

Anna and Klaudia said...

Interesting post ;)

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Nice information. But he did not become a Christian.
His name is as follows,愛新覚羅 溥儀

Cloudia said...

Fascinating. A tragic figure. That film about him "The Last Emperor" was good. He ended up as a gardener in the imperial gardens

Birgit said...

His wife was so beautiful. He had a very sad life

Fundy Blue said...

Interesting that he chose Henry. I wonder what it was about the name that appealed to him.

Martha said...

Well, that's interesting

stephen Hayes said...

He was a tragic figure, a pawn manipulated by the Japanese and then the communists.

Huggybear said...

Thank God you know history Stephen.
I wonder where some of the other commentators went to school or maybe they didn't????
So bloody dumb............and now Las Vegas.
10 guns in a room in a hotel and then chaos.
When will Americans learn?????
Colin

Kay said...

Henry? Hmmmm... that's interesting. I did see the movie about him.