with Jin Peh
Apart from by using the Five Elements theory, another way a fung shui master can ensure a favourable Chinese name is to match the number of strokes in each character (using only the classical form) to a specific chart. This is known as the Strokes Theory.
According to this method, the Heavenly Character refers to circumstances of birth and home environment. This is calculated by adding one to the number of strokes in a surname.
The Personal Character consists of the number of strokes in the surname and the second character of your name, which is usually the generation name. This gives an indication of one's overall destiny or fate.
The Earthly Character relates to relationships with those around us, i.e. children, spouse, colleagues and subordinates. It is calculated by adding the number of strokes in the second and third characters of a name.
The Total Character is the total of the number of strokes of all three characters in a name and forecasts one's life after 35.
Finally, the External Character predicts the relations one will have with other individuals. It is derived by subtracting the number of strokes in one's Personal Character from those in the Total Character, then adding one.
When naming a person, fung shui masters try to ensure the number in each of the five categories is a favourable one.