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names that mean something in other languages

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LoucheLady Sun 28-Aug-16 10:49:39

I live in an area with high immigration where 75% of kids at DC1's school are bilingual in a particular minority language. When I introduced newborn DC2 to our neighbours with her standard English name, they were a bit hmm and grin and said "you know what that means in XXX language, don't you"? Oh shit I thought, I've called her the XXX equivalent of dogbreath or something. Turns out it's not that bad, it just means daytime, but it got me thinking, it would be interesting to hear what other names have, erm, unfortunate meanings in other languages. Like my poor French friend Fanny.

SilveryFoxy Sun 28-Aug-16 11:42:50

Chloë means 'bollocks' in Moroccan Arabic.

Kai means egg in Thai.

Freya is very similar to 'Feya' (sp?) which means ugly in Portuguese.

Loki (Lachlan) means asshole in German.


ClaudiaWankleman Sun 28-Aug-16 11:50:30

Judy means 'local' in mandarin. Leo means six. Joe means many things, including 'gruel'.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sun 28-Aug-16 11:55:27

Love it.
I donmt have names examples though, just normal words 😞

There is a Polish fashion designer whose surname is Minge (meen-geh).

EwanWhosearmy Sun 28-Aug-16 11:57:17

DD has a friend at Brownies called Shitti, I kid you not.

I noticed on the last week of term that her DM was calling her something completely different.

ageingrunner Sun 28-Aug-16 11:58:37

I used to know a little girl called Pervi, not sure how it was spelt or what language it came from, but not great in English

FrancisCrawford Sun 28-Aug-16 12:10:37

The Polish name Boleslaw is often shortened to Bolek.

In Poland.

I'm not sure it would go down too well here, as to British ears it sounds very like bollock.

MangosteenSoda Sun 28-Aug-16 12:37:49

A friend's MIL really wanted her to name her DD2 Anal (pronounced like Amal). Not really a suitable name for a little girl growing up in the UK.

TheTartOfAsgard Sun 28-Aug-16 12:42:22

The shortening of Barbara in polish is Basia - pronounced as Basher.

FinallyHere Sun 28-Aug-16 12:49:27

Friend's au-pair caused a few raised eyebrows by introducing herself with the phrase 'hello, I'm Randy'

By the time we saw her again at half-term, she had changed to calling herself Mandy.

Zhabr Sun 28-Aug-16 12:55:27

Poppy sounds very similar to "bum" in Russian.
Also Thusa ( pronounced Too-Sha) means "cadaver of the dead animal).
My friend called her DS Wassily ( like Kandinsky) and the teacher said that's not a good name and asked what NN can be used instead.

squoosh Sun 28-Aug-16 13:16:14

Pippa has a host of 'colourful' meanings in other countries.

PunkAssMoFo Sun 28-Aug-16 22:25:57

Friend of a friend is called 'wankey'.

THEMrsSmith Mon 29-Aug-16 03:30:20

Kim is who in Turkish

SmallBee Mon 29-Aug-16 03:34:24

I came on to say we almost called DD Pippa but a graduate at work pulled me aside and warned me of the alternative meanings. She is not called Pippa.

MephistoMarley Mon 29-Aug-16 08:00:40

Anna is 'I am' in Arabic

MrsGardenIng Mon 29-Aug-16 15:44:51

ClaudiaWankleman (what a username! grin ) could you expand on other meanings for Joe please? I have Joseph (likely nn Joe) on my shortlist.

BaronessBomburst Mon 29-Aug-16 15:49:57

The Irish name Bina means 'almost' in Dutch.

Linda means lovely/beautiful in Spanish

KatharinaRosalie Mon 29-Aug-16 16:07:09

Amber means 'bucket' in Estonian, is also a slang term for gaffe or blunder.

Kione Mon 29-Aug-16 17:46:27

Linda meaning pretty/beautiful as above, but it is a very common name for a female dog in Spain blush
Pippa in spanish is pipe, or seed

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 29-Aug-16 17:57:19

Peter means "to fart" in French.

BaronessBomburst Mon 29-Aug-16 22:30:36

Oh yes! Emma is bucket in Dutch.

Ham69 Tue 30-Aug-16 00:57:19

I early called DS Ned until I googled it and it stands for 'Non Educated Delinquent' and is a derogatory term
used a lot in Scotland.

Ham69 Tue 30-Aug-16 00:57:54

Lots of typos. Off to bed!

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