As if it weren't strange enough that parents-to-be were basing naming decisions on Googleability and domain name availability, a Chinese couple had to take it just a little bit farther. The San Francisco Chronicle reported an article on the kookie couple's desire to, quite literally, name their baby "@", spelled just like that.
"A Chinese couple seeking a distinctive name for their child settled on the e-mail 'at' symbol â€" annoying government officials grappling with an influx of unorthodox names.
"The unidentified couple were cited Thursday by a government official as an example of citizens bringing bizarre names into the Chinese language. Written Chinese does not use an alphabet but is comprised of characters, sometimes making it difficult to develop words for new or foreign objects and ideas."
They had good intentions -- In Chinese, the letters 'a' and 't' sound like words for "love him." It's still unknown if the parents were successful at dubbing their little one 'at.' Stay tuned!
More Bizarre Baby Naming
More Stats +/-
Massive Musical Instruments
Top 40 Architecture Trends in October
Inclusive Hair Product Packaging
Stylish Space-Ready Sneakers
Quad-Lens Camera Smartphones
Free 2018 Report & eBook
Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book.
Our Research Methodology
This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.
Chinese Parents Try To Name Kid "@"
- By: BiancaAug 26, 2007