ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) – The 11-week old giant panda twins who were born on Sept. 3. will soon be named on Dec. 12, and fans around the world are invited to vote on seven sets of names for "Cub A" and Cub B."
"There's much more to this milestone than just two names. The permanence of names gives us a celebration of the achievements of the giant panda program at Zoo Atlanta and a continuation of the bright future of one of our longest-lived and most successful conservation partnerships," said Raymond B. King, President, and CEO.
The seven sets of names, each of which has a special meaning or association with the cubs or their parents, were given by Zoo Atlanta's partners in giant panda conversation in Chengdu, China.
Voting opens on Monday, Nov. 21 and will continue until 11 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Expected to make their debut at Zoo Atlanta in December 2016 or January 2017, the pair, who are the second set of female twins for 19-year-old Lun Lun, follow in the footsteps of their older brothers and sisters in receiving their names on their 100th day.
The 100 Day celebration follows an ancient Chinese tradition that holds that when a child reaches the 100th day of life, he or she has survived the fragility of infancy and may be considered on track for a successful future.
Here is a list of names and their meanings in the running:
- Ba Lun and Shu Lun: Ba Shu are ancient names of the Sichuan area and are still widely used in China, including Province and Chongqing. Ba Shu also means “land of abundance.”
- Jiu Jiu and Yuan Yuan: The first Jia means “addition.” The second Jia means “good,” “fine” or “praise.” Lun references daughters of Lun Lun
- Lun Jia and Jia Lun: The first Jia means “addition.” The second Jia means “good,” “fine” or “praise.” Lun references daughters of Lun Lun
- Lun Li and Lun Yu: Lun Li means “ethic” or “ethics.” Lun Yu is Confucian Analects, a collection of sayings of Confucius and one of the pillars of Chinese culture, widely read across centuries.
- Ya Lun and Xi Lun: Ya means “elegant;” Xi means “happy;” “Lun” references daughters of Lun Lun – “Lun Lun’s elegant and happy daughters.”
- Ya Lun and Xin Lun: Similar in origin to Ya Lun and Xi Lun, with Xin meaning fragrant
- Yang Hai and Yang Gui: Yang is a reference to the twins’ father, Yang Yang, and means “ocean.” Hai means “sea.” Gui has many meanings, including “laurel.”
Click here to vote for the names of the twin pandas.