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Funny names found in the 2010 Chinese Census (homophones again)

I recently wrote about some silly Chinese homophones that involved general vocabulary, but homophones in Chinese can also lead to people having funny names. Here’s a short list of some funny names that the 2010 Chinese Census supposedly came across.

I’ve listed each name with its pinyin, then what it sounds like with the pinyin for that, and then the translation. Some of these sound absolutely identical, so it would be pretty incredible if someone actually named their child that.

赖月京 (Lài Yuèjīng)来月经 (lái yuèjīng) → “period is coming” (and it was a guy)

扬伟 (Yáng Wěi)阳痿 (yángwěi) → “impotence”

范剑 (Fàn Jiàn)犯贱 (fànjiàn) → “cheapen yourself”

姬从良 (Jī Cóngliáng)妓从良 (jì cóngliáng) → “prostitute turned good”

范统 (Fàn Tǒng)饭桶 (fàntǒng) → “rice container” (this is also slang for ‘imbecile’)

夏建仁 (Xiàjiànrén)下贱人 (xiàjiànrén) → “slut” / “contemptible person”

朱逸群 (Zhū Yìqún)猪一群 (zhū yīqún) → “one herd of pigs”

秦寿生 (Qín Shòushēng) →  禽兽生 (qínshòu shēng) → “born to a beast”

庞光 (Páng Guāng)膀胱 (pángguāng) → “bladder”

杜琦燕 (Dù Qíyàn)肚脐眼 (dùqíyǎn) → “belly button”

魏生津 (Wèi Shēngjīn)卫生巾 (wèishēngjīn) → “sanitary pad” / “tampon”

矫厚根 (Jiǎo Hòugēn)脚后跟 (jiǔhòugēn) → “heel”

沈京兵 (Chén Jīngbīng)神经病 (shénjīngbìng) → “mentally ill”

杜子腾 (Dù Zǐténg)肚子疼 (dùzi téng) → “stomach ache”

And best of all…

史珍香 (Shǐ Zhēnxiāng)屎真香 (shǐ zhēn xiāng) → “shit smells great”

史珍香 (a funny name)

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