What western names sound funny in other languages?

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So inspired by ufuk thread - what names in our language actually sound funny in other languages?

ch1134 Sat 13-Jul-13 08:04:35

I always think the name Rhian sounds a bit odd as in French 'rien' means 'nothing'.
Also, Lola is short for Delores, which means pain in Spanish.

themaltesecat Sat 13-Jul-13 08:53:54

My friend Paul gets a few smirks in Russia. It sounds to them like "pol", which means floor or sex. (The Russian for Paul is Pavel, or Pasha for short.)

Off-topic: It appears to some of them quite ridiculous that many Westerners borrow not full Russian names for their kids, but the diminutives / nicknames, such as Tanya (from Tatiana) or Nastasha (from Nataliya) or Sasha (from Aleksandr). It would be a like a normal/posh Russian family calling their beloved firstname "Shazza" or "Dave" on the birth certificate. smile

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 13-Jul-13 09:20:07

ch1134

But in Welsh Rhian means great goddess. Language is a funny thing innit.

telsa Sat 13-Jul-13 10:27:01

Arschtritt is not that far from Astrid.

Pizdets Sat 13-Jul-13 17:47:48

Luke means onion in Russian. Drove my friend mad ans he ended up changing his name while he lived in Moscow!

I'm loving these!

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