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What western names sound funny in other languages?

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JazzAnnNonMouse Wed 10-Jul-13 20:21:04

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

JazzAnnNonMouse Sat 13-Jul-13 20:12:53

I'm loving these!

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!

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

Arschtritt is not that far from Astrid.

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


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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

ArbitraryUsername Fri 12-Jul-13 09:47:32

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

Gary can sound like the Japanese for diahorrea.

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

My DC have a second cousin called 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 09:27:48

I wish French parents would stop calling daughters Fanny.

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.

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

Well this is enlightening grin

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

Oh, thanks grin

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 01:32:14

Sheshelob gringringrin Int and Dick

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

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

Ben means poo in Japanese.

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

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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.

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

Siri means cock in the Georgian language.

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

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

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

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

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

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