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Chinese Couple Tries to Name Baby "@" Symbol

Following in the footsteps of Prince, a Chinese couple tried to name its baby the 'at' sign (or "@") used in kajillions of e-mail addresses every day. Since the "@" symbol doesn't exist in the Chinese language -- which uses single characters to represent words rather than spelling them out with letters -- the name was rejected by local authorities. Apparently, 'at' (when pronounced in English) sounds like "love him" in the Chinese language.

Population booming China is undergoing a bit of a baby name crisis: Last year, only 129 surnames accounted for 87 percent of all surnames in China. Parents, understandably, are trying to differentiate their newborns from other newborns.

Maybe they should try some of the baby name generators that parents in the U.S. use. Everything from the relatively serious BabyZone's Baby Name Inventor to the more jokey Trendy Name Generator offer an endless stream of randomly-generated first and middle names to anyone who plugs in their last name. Here's a sampling of what we found when we went to Baby Name Genie's Baby Name Generator: Jana Skyler, Wyatt Cyrus, Maribel Tori? Anybody want these names?

How about you? What are the dumbest and or coolest names you've seen or come up with lately? Let us know!

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