According to an article the attempted naming was by a Chinese couple. Now word on if officials accepted the “@” name. But earlier this year the government announced a ban on names using Arabic numerals, foreign languages and symbols that do not belong to Chinese minority languages.
Usually I am opposed to the brutal, authoritarian Chinese government but in this case I’m making an exception.
BTW, there’s a great list of what they call that thing in other languages here. “In Mainland China it is quan a (圈a), meaning “circular a” or hua a (花a, lacy a).”
And did you know that you can’t name a category “@” on wordpress? Now you do.