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A courtesy name ({{#invoke:Zh|Zh}}, zi ), also known as style name,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> is a name bestowed upon a person at adulthood in addition to one's given name.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> This practice is a tradition in East Asian cultures, including China and China-influenced countries such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}

Formerly in China, the zi would replace a male's given name when he turned twenty, as a symbol of adulthood and respect.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} It could be given either by the parents or by the first personal teacher on the first day of family school.

Females might substitute a zi for their given name upon marriage.

One also may adopt a self-chosen courtesy name.

Popularity of the custom has seen a decline in China to some extent, however, since the May Fourth Movement in 1919.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}

A courtesy name is not to be confused with an art name (hào, {{#invoke:Zh|Zh}}, Korean: 호), another frequently mentioned term for an alternative name in Asian culture-based context. An art name is usually associated with art and is more of a literary name or a pseudonym that is more spontaneous, compared to a courtesy name.


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