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Popularity of the Baby Name Yuanyuan


Posts that Mention the Name Yuanyuan

Baby Name Story: Xiaoai

Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China

On May 12, 2008, China’s Sichuan province was struck by a strong earthquake that ultimately killed tens of thousands of people

Zhang Xiaoyan, who was eight months pregnant at the time, wasn’t one of the victims. But she did end up trapped under a pile of rubble for 52 hours. “For two days, rescuers passed food and water to Zhang through a small hole as they struggled to find a way to free her.”

A month later, her baby girl was delivered via Caesarean section.

The girl was originally going to be named “Yingao”, meaning “to welcome the Olympics”, which Beijing hosted in August that year.

But after the quake, the couple decided on “Xiaoai”, or “little love”, to honour those whose care helped see them through the disaster.

In Chinese, xiao means “little” and ai means “love.” (Both words also have other meanings, though, depending upon the characters being used.)

Other Chinese babies that were named with earthquakes in mind include Zhongde, Zhensheng, Lutian, and Yuanyuan. And other Olympics-inspired Chinese baby names include Aoyun, Shen’ao, Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini.

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Earthquake Baby Names in China

Lushan, China

On April 20, the 6.6-magnitude Lushan earthquake struck southwestern China. Nearly 200 people died. Thousands more were injured.

Two of the babies born in the region just after the quake were named Zhensheng, meaning “born in quake.” Another was named Yuanyuan, meaning “destiny” or “luck.” Still another was nicknamed Lutian, meaning “open air,” as she was born outside.

Related: Xie Zhongde, a name inspired by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

Source: Chinese Mothers Naming Newborns After The Earthquake, ‘Luck’ ‘Quake’ And ‘Born In Quake’ Were Born Since The Disaster
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