Recently, a baby girl named after the popular mobile game Wang ZheRong Yao, aka King of Glory (in English), was registered in Xi’an, Shaanxi province.
The issue went viral on Chinese social media and caused a heated discussion online. Opinions vary regarding the funny name, with some netizens thinking it’s interesting and creative, while others considering the negative impact it may bring to the girl as she grows up.
According to the baby’s mother, her husband is working for an IT company and is addicted to the mobile game, which inspired him to name the baby after it. The Mom also said the family doesn’t think it as a big deal. “Just a name,” as she put it.
A short video made by Beijing News explains that this trend of naming your child after a popular commodity isn’t an isolated occurrence by showing a couple other odd names that make us either want to laugh or cry, such as Huang Qing Cheng Zi (yellow, green, orange, and purple), Xu Duo JinZi(lots of gold), Sun Wukong (the main character in Journey to the West), and Nong Haoshuai (you look great!).
Officers from a local police station made clear that the name did not violate name registration regulations, which mainly stipulates that a name should range from two to four Chinese characters.
King of Glory was developed by internet giant Tencent, and has generated much success as well as controversy due to its massive popularity.