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Names with nice (or not) meanings...

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busybusybumblebee Thu 09-Dec-10 23:49:52

Anybody know of any names (girls or boys) with really nice/interesting meanings....?? OR the opposite, names with not nice meanings...!!

perpetuallypregnant Thu 09-Dec-10 23:51:53

My teenage son is called Cameron, nice Scottish name I thought - it means crooked nose
I still love it though

piprabbit Thu 09-Dec-10 23:52:04

I love the name Eris. She is the goddess of strife, chaos and upheaval, and therefore it is a highly appropriate name for a newborn.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Fri 10-Dec-10 00:12:06

Andrew means "manly" which, when I think of the Andrews I know, makes me guffaw somewhat.

Lucy means "light" which is nice.

Rachel means "ewe" which wouldn't be my choice

Also Rebecca means "knotted cord", yummy.

Asher is lovely though, and means happy/laughing I think. Felix means happy as well.

Jonathan means "gift from God" and IME they usually act like god's gift too grin

nooka Fri 10-Dec-10 06:08:57

The root of my name is Jacob, which means "the supplanter" (because Jacob supplanted Esau when he pretended to be Esau to get his fathers blessing) so really not a good meaning! I love my name though

barbiewantsawhitechristmas Fri 10-Dec-10 06:16:15

My dd middle name is Nimah which is arabic for 'little blessing' and she really is most of the time. grin

AllWrong Fri 10-Dec-10 08:57:42


shongololo Fri 10-Dec-10 09:06:58

we really liked Caleb....until we found it meant a mad dog.

And for a girl: Lillith - it means a shriek owl, and so by association, a nagging woman or shrew.

BuntyPenfold Fri 10-Dec-10 09:17:30

A friend told me that Brendan means 'stinking hair.'

OctaviaOstrichJollster Fri 10-Dec-10 09:18:11

Usually I don't focus on meanings but I learned that Benedict means blessing, and as I have been struggling to TTC#2 if we're lucky enough to have another DS I think we'll use Benedict (nn Ned).

ROFL at Jonathan... yes, God's gift!

Lancelottie Fri 10-Dec-10 09:25:26

I know a family with:
Jonathan (god's gift)
Theodora (god's gift)
and, erm,
Matthew (god's gift)

Wonder what they'd have called a fourth child? Damien springs to mind...

Lancelottie Fri 10-Dec-10 09:27:12

Incidentally, DS1 wsa mightily peeved to find his middle name meant 'Pigkeeper', when the other two had a nice romantic 'Light' and 'Beloved' stuck in there -- be consistent across your tribe, is the message.

smilingserenely Fri 10-Dec-10 14:22:20

nice meanings include
arabella beautiful answer to prayer
felicity /felix bringer of joy
sophia wise
issac laughter
dorothea god's gift

jane and it's translations including sinead gift of god

less nice include
cecilia /cecily blind althogh cecelia is sometimes given the meaning lily of heaven
claudia lame

ambiguous name
miriam wished for child or bitterness depending on interpretation

smilingserenely Fri 10-Dec-10 14:23:56

should have added abigail father's joy

lilly13 Fri 10-Dec-10 16:30:44

Matthew (gift from God)
Vera (faith)
Sohia (wisdom)
Nadia (hope)
Denis (from Dionysios, god of wine) -- decided not name the baby Denis after learned this smile

Ormirian Fri 10-Dec-10 16:31:37

Ruth means kindness.

Ormirian Fri 10-Dec-10 16:32:13

Eleanor and Alexander both come from the Greek word for light.

cece Fri 10-Dec-10 16:35:25

Twitchell - means coming from a narrow passage I believe....

JamieLeeCurtis Fri 10-Dec-10 17:13:32

I love Claudia, but on here people often point out that it means "lame". I would still use it, though

JamieLeeCurtis Fri 10-Dec-10 17:20:04

I also like Serena - which I guess is derived fro "serenity"

JamieLeeCurtis Fri 10-Dec-10 17:22:43

Iris - apart from the eye connection, means Rainbow, which is about as nice as you can get

smilingserenely Fri 10-Dec-10 17:23:44

naomi pleasant

We3kingsoforientRaahh Fri 10-Dec-10 17:30:48

DD2 is Philippa- means 'lover of horses', which is

Had she been a boy, she would have been Isaac (laughter), which i think is a lovely meaning.

I don't worry about meanings, though- i would have loved to use Claudia, despite the meaning.

theagedparent Fri 10-Dec-10 17:32:04

Dulcie = sweet

BelligerentGhoul Fri 10-Dec-10 17:33:59

I came on to post Naomi = pleasant - but SmilingSerenely beat me to it!

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