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Transliteration Question:

Hi - I'm trying to figure out why the transliteration of the name 'Sherlock Holmes' in Chinese is 福尔摩斯 (fúěrmósī)... I've snooped around and looked for transliterations for the names characters out of Western literature before, but this doesn't seem as close in terms of... well, phonetic correspondence, I guess you could say. The meanings behind the hanzi themselves doesn't seem all that relevant, either... does anybody have any insight into this? Are transliteration choices just kind of arbitrary on the part of the original translator?

(and as a side note, anybody know what the transliteration is for Watson? Heh...)

And before you start to suspect, I promise I'm not getting tattoos of either. I was just watching the television series with Jeremy Brett on Tudou...
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