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Would you choose a name even if you don't like the meaning?

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soppypreggyloon Sun 02-Jan-11 09:39:19

We like Mara but it means bitter. Would that put you off?

gorionine Sun 02-Jan-11 09:42:02

Mara also means "from the sea" or some such I think.

montysorry Sun 02-Jan-11 09:44:31

I thought it meant from the sea/water too.

Tbh, I couldn't tell you the meaning od 99% of names of people I know/meet so it will just be whether you can accept it.

Oh and when she's here, it will just mean her! smile

SlartyBartFast Sun 02-Jan-11 09:51:45

absolutely - my dd's name does not have a particularly good meaning. slight misgivings - but chose to ignore the meaning.

JojoMags Sun 02-Jan-11 16:43:05

I think Cecelia is a beautiful name, but would never use it because it means 'blind', so no, I wouldn't give a baby a name if I was uncomfortable with the meaning.

NewYearNewPants Sun 02-Jan-11 16:44:01

My Ds;s name has some sort of God-related meaning - 'gift from God' or summat. I am anatheist. grin

thumbwitch Sun 02-Jan-11 16:50:30

Yes. Because most people won't know the meaning and most people aren't going to look it up afterwards.

Mary has a bitter meaning too (one meaning is "sea of bitterness") - as does Maureen - think how many Marys there are in Ireland!

But both of them also mean star of the sea, Maureen also means "dark" - so taking one meaning too literally is probably over-thinking it, I think.

Nightstar Sun 02-Jan-11 16:53:16

I wouldnt name my child a name that has a bad meaning if i knew it. I like looking up the meanings of names, I think it's important.

But it is whether it is important to you?

zozzle Mon 03-Jan-11 22:06:53

Meanings are v. important IMO. However if it was a family name I really, really liked I might overlook a bad meaning - but only if it was a family name.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 03-Jan-11 22:30:03

Yes. I don't really care about the meaning.

Komondor Tue 04-Jan-11 12:13:19

Dont care about the meaning.

I dont even know what my own names means.

rachel1970 Tue 04-Jan-11 13:00:52

It would matter to me, but it would depend on the name and meaning. Some names have very literate unfortunate meanings that I can't disassociate from the name, e.g. Claudia = lame, Cecilia = blind, Hector = bully. Perhaps I studied too much latin at school smile.

Isn't Mara the Hindu goddess of Death?

LetThereBeRock Tue 04-Jan-11 14:01:12

Unless the name meant something like 'hellspawn of Satan', it wouldn't really bother me.

LetThereBeRock Tue 04-Jan-11 14:04:14

And Mara is a lovely name. I'd use it.

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Tue 04-Jan-11 14:40:05

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GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Tue 04-Jan-11 14:40:56

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evamummy Tue 04-Jan-11 15:25:39

"you certainly don't spend the whole time thinking CATFOODCATFOODCATFOOD when they're talking"

But with some names the meaning is so accociated with the name that I do think of that meaning whenever my brain hears the name.

Rockbird Tue 04-Jan-11 15:34:29

If someone asks you what it means, make up something nice. They certainly won't look it up when they get home and probably won't even remember!

BreastmilkDoesAFabEggnogLatte Tue 04-Jan-11 16:38:07

Meanings bother me. I couldn't use a name that meant something I didn't like/agree with/identify with.

That said, a kind soul did point out an obscure language in which DD's name sounds slightly similar to the term for, ahem, phallus. And it didn't put us off...

Hulababy Tue 04-Jan-11 18:24:39

I didn't look at the meaning of DD's name. It wasn't something that was important to be. Assosciations of names mean more to be then where the name derives from.

Hulababy Tue 04-Jan-11 18:28:12

DD's name is Mollie btw, so samemeaning as Mara, and also Mary and other derivities from Mary.

Noone has ever commented on the name meaning in 8 years, and DD is definitely nothing like the meaning of her name at all!

veryberry21 Wed 05-Jan-11 19:28:21

Most people dont even know this so i don't think they'd really mind at all!

A1980 Thu 06-Jan-11 00:21:04

My name means Defender of Men.

Shite meaning but I don't care. I like my name.

Imarriedafrog Thu 06-Jan-11 00:25:49

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