Now that we passed the 40-year anniversary of Bruce Lee's untimely death, there has been some misinformation making the rounds on Facebook. Some people, including celebs, are a bit confused about his Chinese name(s). So let me break it down for you!
Please note that with Chinese names the surname comes first. Also note that in Bruce's mother-tongue of Cantonese his family name "Lee" (李) is actually pronounced like "lay". So his name would be pronounced "Lay Jun Fun" to be accurate phonetically.
LEE JUN FUN: Bruce Lee's Chinese name was Lee Jun Fan (李振藩). That is why he used this as the name of his "Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute" and this is the Chinese name on his grave in Seattle.
SAI FUNG: When Bruce was a child his mother called him Sai Fung (細鳳) or "little phoenix" which would be the name for a girl. Apparently she was superstitious about protecting her male sons and so used this name to trick the gods into thinking Bruce was a girl. This is not an unheard of practice at that time. This name was only a childhood nickname from his mother and should not be used when addressing or naming Bruce in Chinese. Bruce had two lesser-known names, one was a traditional family clan name and the other was a name he was registered under in La Salle College secondary school (high school for Americans). Although the Chinese characters of these two lesser-known names are different, the pronunciation of both names are nearly identical: "Lee Yuen Jam/Gam" (李源鑫/李元鑒).
LEE SIU LUNG: In the Chinese speaking world Bruce was mostly known by his stage name of Lee Siu Lung (李小龍), or "little dragon Lee". What most people fail to realize is that Bruce had been in many films as a child, in fact he had done twenty films by the time he was 18. In the picture I posted here, the 10-year old Bruce is listed as Lee Siu Lung. Therefore this stage name was from very early on and not something he was given later when he became an international star as many people think. When Chinese speak about Bruce Lee, this is the name they use.
I hope this clears the air!