Over 4,000 Chinese kids named Olympic Games in the past 15 years

June 12th, 2008 - 7:23 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 12 (ANI): It seems that most baby names in China have narrowed down to Aoyun, meaning Olympic Games.

More than 4000 babies in China have been named Aoyun, since the country first applied to host the Games in 1992.

The rise in popularity of the name is seen as a symbol of support for the Games, to be held in August in Beijing, reports BBC.

Officials in charge of identity cards say that more than 92 pct of the 4,104 registered Aoyuns are boys.

Its not uncommon for children to be named after events or slogans, such as Defend China, Build the Nation and Space Travel.

The first flow of Aoyuns came in 1992, when China applied to host to the 2000 Games. About 680 Aoyuns were registered at the time.

In 2002 another 553 Aoyuns were named, after China was chosen to host the 2008 Games. (ANI)

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