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?

PoppyWearer Wed 10-Jul-13 20:24:07


What does pippa mean?

ethelb Wed 10-Jul-13 22:49:30

Blow job in greek

MonParapluie Wed 10-Jul-13 22:57:46

It was worth coming on this thread for Pippa alone

othersideofchannel Wed 10-Jul-13 23:04:35

And Pippi means wee in German grin

steppemum Wed 10-Jul-13 23:11:16

we once had a cat called Kizzy. It was the name of a girl in a TV programme when I was a kid

Only problem was we live din Saudi Arabia at the time. My mum used to go outside and call

Kiz Kiz Kiz Kiz Kizzy.

Much later a friend told us that Kizz(y) in Arabic is a slang word for vagina!! blush

AllegraLilac Wed 10-Jul-13 23:12:46

Hilarious thread already.

SanityClause Wed 10-Jul-13 23:13:39

Ha! Kizzy, the pussy! wink

Brilliant! grin

The other way round but I always snigger at vater (pronounced farter) being the German for Dad!

iklboo Wed 10-Jul-13 23:36:43

Grossvater (gross farter) - German for grandfather cracks DS up every time.

PoppyWearer Thu 11-Jul-13 06:58:38

Isn't Pippa something similar in Italian as well?

JustCallMeBaldrick Thu 11-Jul-13 07:13:47

I believe Zac sounds very similar to 'shit' in Arabic.

sashh Thu 11-Jul-13 08:41:29

I've heard that Pippa is the same in Italian too.

FairyArmadillo Thu 11-Jul-13 09:35:10

Lola means "grandma" in the Philippines.

HeirToTheIronThrone Thu 11-Jul-13 09:37:44

A bit roundabout, but one of my fave French names is Aurelie, until it was pointed out that all English people would pronounce it Orally...

NooMyx Thu 11-Jul-13 10:07:31

God I'm thick... spent ages thinking what's funny in Grossvater. blush

I've vetoed Persephone, because perse means an arse in Finnish.
We also won't have Tori (market place) or Lou (sounds like luu = bone). I'm sure there are others but brain not working.

forgetmenots Thu 11-Jul-13 10:31:29

Orla (my favourite girls name) - apparently is Hebrew for foreskin

WildlingPrincess Thu 11-Jul-13 10:36:13

Apparently Beth is Dutch for cunnilingus.

TalkativeJim Thu 11-Jul-13 11:14:19

Pam is Welsh for 'why?'

Choccyhobnob Thu 11-Jul-13 11:18:03

See you're a Gavin and Stacey fan Jim lol

alexpolismum Thu 11-Jul-13 13:53:56

Camilla means "camel" in Greek

"Lisa" means "rabies" in Greek

Blatherskite Thu 11-Jul-13 13:58:57

Pippa is wank in Italian I believe.

CrisisCritical Thu 11-Jul-13 14:02:20

Jim Choccy ... or Brick, right? wink

Moche Thu 11-Jul-13 14:04:16

Astrid means arse kick (as opposed to kick arse) in German.

ByHecuba Thu 11-Jul-13 14:08:08

Orla is generally translated from the Hebrew into English as foreskin or uncircumcision.
Sukey means 'bitches' in Russian.
Kiki is slang for fanjo in Tagalog.

Sheshelob Thu 11-Jul-13 14:10:29

Heston means "to shit on" in Greek.

Bet Blumenthal would struggle to sell his meat fruit in Athens...

Sheshelob Thu 11-Jul-13 14:11:48

Ant and Dec mean Int and Dick in New Zealand.

Pippa means hand job in Italian

Sorry Blatherskite, I missed your post.

froggers1 Thu 11-Jul-13 14:19:55

I have a Pippa and I think I vaguely knew about the Italian connection...I wanted Anna but was vetoe'd....will tell DH - do you think its too late to change it!! she is 15 months!!

Blatherskite Thu 11-Jul-13 14:37:33

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news froggers but I'm sure there was a thread on here a while ago where we discovered that Pippa means something rude in many, many languages.

You'll be fine as long as she never leaves the UK wink

Blatherskite Thu 11-Jul-13 14:40:53

It's shag in Swedish too <carries on googling>

AllegraLilac Thu 11-Jul-13 16:32:25

Do let us know what your DH says when you tell him froggers!

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 11-Jul-13 19:54:36

Siri means cock in the Georgian language.

littlepeas Thu 11-Jul-13 21:08:01

When I was a student i had a waitressing job at TGI Fridays and one night a table of Greek business men sniggered at me an awful lot. They told me I should use my full name of Philippa as it is a strong Greek name that means 'the woman who loves horses'. I thought that they thought 'lover of horses' was funny, but years later a new acquaintence who was half Greek gleefully informed me that Pippa means blow job.

znaika Thu 11-Jul-13 21:40:37

Graham sounds funny to Russian ears- Grekh (which is how we would pronounce the Grah bit) means sin, so it sort of means "with a sin" maybe like sinful? Anyway it's just a bloody weird name to us!

Sunnysummer Fri 12-Jul-13 01:18:26

Ben means poo in Japanese.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Fri 12-Jul-13 01:32:14

Sheshelob gringringrin Int and Dick

ByHecuba I fear I may regret asking, where do they speak Tagalog?

ByHecuba Fri 12-Jul-13 09:14:33

I had no idea about Ben. I'm guessing Ben10 has another name in Japan then?Otherwise it would sound like a horrific premise for a cartoon:D

Bewitched- they speak it in the Philippines!

I was really laughing at littlepea's story. I bet the blokes got comedy mileage out of that for years (saddos).

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Fri 12-Jul-13 09:19:06

Oh, thanks grin

crazyhamsterdisguisedasapanda Fri 12-Jul-13 09:19:50

Well this is enlightening grin

ZZZenagain Fri 12-Jul-13 09:24:33

They speak Tagalog in the Philippines. (I only know this because our church sometimes has shared Festivals with a Philippino church).

Greek is full of pitfalls! OMG at Pippa, it really doesn't travel well.

Bonsoir Fri 12-Jul-13 09:27:48

I wish French parents would stop calling daughters Fanny.

ZZZenagain Fri 12-Jul-13 09:33:05

Yes, my dd has a friend called Fanny. The family are all musicians so I assumed it was because of Fanny Mendelsson. It is unfortunate. Didn't realise it was a popular name in France.

Bonsoir Fri 12-Jul-13 09:35:15

My DC have a second cousin called Fanny.

Apparently Nik is problematic in Arabic, according to my sister (who speaks Arabic)

Gary can sound like the Japanese for diahorrea.

cuillereasoupe Fri 12-Jul-13 21:56:09

Astrid means arse kick (as opposed to kick arse) in German

Eh? No it doesn't. The German for arse is Arsch.

Nick sounds like "fuck" in French.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 12-Jul-13 22:15:53


My friend who speaks Arabic told me the same re Nick and even neck in some UK accents. Can't remember what it sounds like for Arabic speakers though.

NotMyChashkaChai Fri 12-Jul-13 22:25:16

Lindsay sounds like the word for contact lenses in Russian. I had a friend named Lindsay who studied in Russia and the Russians always had problems with her name until she hit on the idea of introducing herself as "my name is lindsay, like..." and then she would mime putting a contract lense in her eye. No problems from then on!

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


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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