About 5.54 million Chinese share the same birthday on New Year's
Day and 5,659 were named after it, according to China's Ministry of
And 1,735 citizens were not only named after Yuan Dan, or New
Year's Day in Chinese, but also born on the day, Monday's
Beijing Evening News quoted the ministry's department in
charge of citizen identity.
Meanwhile, 618 Chinese share the family name "Yuan" and were
named "Dan," the ministry said.
The word "Yuan Dan" has been used by Chinese for more than 4,000
years but it used to refer to the first day of Chinese lunar year.
In 1949, the Chinese government first officially announced that
Jan. 1, the first day on the Gregorian calendar, is Yuan Dan.
(Xinhua News Agency January 1, 2008)