Mark Zuckerberg and wife announce daughter’s Chinese name

FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. Brazilians awoke to a day without WhatApp Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 after a judge ordered the popular messaging app blocked throughout the country for 48 hours.Zuckerberg, who heads WhatsApp's parent company Facebook, indicated in a Facebook post that the case was related to the company's attempt to guard customers' data. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

(CNN) – Speaking in Mandarin, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan made a special announcement about their daughter as they wished the world a happy Lunar New Year.

In a video post Saturday, the couple said this Lunar New Year was especially meaningful because they selected Max’s Chinese name.

“Chen, after her mother’s family name, and Mingyu represents our hope for a brighter tomorrow for the world,” Zuckerberg said.

Chinese names are often loaded with symbolism. Parents put a lot of thought into how a name will help shape a child’s life.

When Zuckerberg and Chan announced Max’s birth late last year, they said they would donate 99% of their Facebook shares over their lifetimes to efforts to make the world better through education, medicine and Internet access.

Their daughter’s Chinese name reflects that vision, combining the word “ming,” which means bright, with “yu,” which means universe.

Her English name — Maxima, or Max for short — was chosen for members of Zuckerberg’s family.

The weekend’s post is another example of Zuckerberg’s language skills after he pledged to learn Mandarin several years ago. For the occasion of the Lunar New Year in 2015, he posted a video of himself offering good wishes in Mandarin.

And in October, Zuckerberg gave a 20-minute speech about Facebook’s mission while visiting Tsingua University in Beijing.

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