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Chinese Parents Try To Name Kid "@"

 - Aug 26, 2007
References: sfgate
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!