秀梅 is my mother’s Chinese name. My grandmother gave her this name in the hope that she will own a business one day.
My grandmother thinks that the epitome of a successful business woman is to own a tailor shop, and most tailor shops have the name 秀 (xiù) meaning “luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding”. This word also has the same pronunciation as 绣 which means to sew.
梅 (mei – Chinese / ume – Japanese) means the plum blossom which symbolizes perseverance and hope, as well as beauty, purity, and the transitoriness of life.