Jennifer 8. Lee is a reporter with the New York Times in the USA, reporting on Chinese issues amongst other things.

While her job is not particularly notable, her name certainly is.

She was born to Chinese parents who needed a means to differentiate her from all the other Jennifer Lees who may be around (there are many, many Lees in China). They decided upon the number 8, which is just another character in Chinese, and also a lucky number in Chinese numerology. The English rendition of this name is 8.

There are many instances of Chinese names looking strange or amusing in English, such as Empty, Skywalker and Spoon.

Although number-based names are not common in English, the Romans certainly used names such as Secundus and Septimus.


Sources:
http://www.icered.com/Play/Nury/play_m_view.asp?topic_id=192
http://members.aol.com/ogit1/eight.html

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