Mr. Taylor Adair is the CEO of Lamina Ceramics, a startup electronics company that
makes very bright light sources using LEDs. The company has both customers and
vendors throughout Asia.
Mr. Adair wants a Chinese name as a convenience for his Chinese business partners and
friends. He also wants to demonstrate his respect for Chinese people and culture.
The most common transliteration for Taylor is Tai Le (pronounced tie luh), and
Adair, Ya Dai Er (pronounced yah die er).
The final chosen transliteration for Taylor Adair is (1) Tai Le Ya De (pronounced tie luh
Tai means safe and tranquil. It can also mean extreme or most. For
Tai Ren means calm and composed.
Tai Shan is Mount Tai, a mountain in Shandong Province. See our
newsletter article "Baby Panda a Father-in-Law" for an
interesting look at the name Tai Shan.
Le means to control, to command, to force, or to compel.
The name Tai Le has good meaning, Tai, and it sounds strong and powerful.
Ya is refined or graceful. For example, the Chinese term Gao Ya means
elegant and in good taste or noble and graceful.
De is virtue, heart, mind, favor, or kindness.
In sum, Tai Le Ya De sounds very much like Taylor Adair in English, is not a "foreign" sounding name (Ya De), and has good connotations.
(2) is President and CEO.