Good Names, Horrible Meanings

Hey! So as we all know there are a lot of beautiful names, but the meanings of some of them? Not as beautiful. So, I thought I’d create a thread where we can share names we really like that don’t have the best of meanings, here are my top one:

Sheila - “blind one”
[name_f]Claudia[/name_f] - “lame”
[name_f]Leah[/name_f] - “weary”
[name_m]Arron[/name_m] - “carnage, slaughter”
[name_u]Mallory[/name_u] - “ill-fated”

Contribute any you like! [name_f]Happy[/name_f] scrolling!

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Calvin ~ bald

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Gideon- “stump for a hand”
[name_f]Cecilia[/name_f]- “blind”
[name_u]Delaney[/name_u]- “dark defender”
I love the name [name_f]Leah[/name_f], but for me, “weary” doesn’t feel like a bad meaning, just slightly melancholy.

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[name_f]Layla[/name_f], [name_f]Maeve[/name_f] - Intoxicating
[name_u]Cameron[/name_u] - Crooked nose
[name_m]Brenden[/name_m] - Smelly feet
[name_m]Graham[/name_m] - Gravel

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Esau- “hairy”

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Petronella - “yokel”

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Mary - “bitter” (it has other meanings, but [name_f]Maura[/name_f], for example, is a variation that just says “bitter” for the meaning)

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Kennedy- misshapen head
[name_f]Lola[/name_f]- lady of sorrows ([name_f]Dolores[/name_f] means sorrow)
[name_m]Gideon[/name_m]- having a stump for a hand
[name_f]Portia[/name_f]- pig

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Soledad - Solitude
Yerma - [name_m]Barren[/name_m]
[name_f]Dolores[/name_f] - Pains

I‘ve known lovely people with all of these names, but I also wonder what possessed their parents!

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Eleanor. It doesn’t have a bad meaning, just unknown :woman_shrugging:
[name_f]Marcella[/name_f]- warlike

Deirdre - Sorrowful
[name_f]Emily[/name_f] - Rival
[name_u]Mallory[/name_u] - Ill-fated
[name_f]Molly[/name_f] - Bitter
[name_f]Persephone[/name_f] - Bringer of Destruction

Brennan - Sadness
[name_u]Cameron[/name_u] - Crooked nose
[name_u]Oleander[/name_u] - Poisonous flower
[name_u]Tristan[/name_u] - Sadness

[name_u]Cameron[/name_u]- crooked nose!
[name_f]Jill[/name_f]/Jillian Bitter
I think
Lilith and Jezebel don’t have great meanings either?

Huxley - inhospitable place!
I’d still use it though, you can’t take ancient meanings too seriously :slight_smile:

Loki - the Norse god of mischief.
[name_u]Loki[/name_u] [name_u]Wilder[/name_u] anyone? But [name_u]Loki[/name_u] is so cute

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Same on [name_m]Gideon[/name_m] - love the name but the meaning is just :confused:

Sirius - burning
[name_f]Saskia[/name_f] - knife
[name_u]Huxley[/name_u] - inhospitable place
[name_u]Cameron[/name_u] - crooked nose
[name_m]Byron[/name_m] - barn for cows
[name_u]Sloane[/name_u] - raider
[name_u]Blaise[/name_u] - lisp, stutter

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I loooove [name_u]Rue[/name_u] for a girl but it literally means “regret”, even in [name_f]English[/name_f] :cry:

Also my favourite [name_f]Cecilia[/name_f] variant, [name_f]Cicely[/name_f].

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I like this meaning!

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[name_u]James[/name_u] - “supplanter”
[name_f]Mara[/name_f] - “bitter”
Loammi - “not my people”
[name_m]Benoni[/name_m] - “[name_m]Son[/name_m] of my sorrow”
Catherine - Meaning uncertain, but “torture” is one of the options!

I have a few more to add, but I want to start by saying a lot of these depend on one’s perspective. I like names that are a bit “darker” as opposed to meanings like “pure” or “innocent” etc, so I don’t necessarily think they’re “horrible” but I see how other people can think that…

Briar - a thorny patch
[name_u]Calypso[/name_u] - she who hides
[name_u]Emlyn[/name_u] - rival
[name_f]Imelda[/name_f] - all-consuming fight
[name_f]Jezebel[/name_f] - not exalted
[name_f]Lilith[/name_f] - ghost, night monster
[name_f]Maeve[/name_f] & [name_f]Maebh[/name_f]- she who intoxicates
[name_f]Morrigan[/name_f] - phantom queen
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] - prospers in battle
[name_f]Severina[/name_f] - stern, serious
[name_f]Sirena[/name_f] - entangler
[name_u]Sloane[/name_u] - raider
[name_f]Thana[/name_f] - death
[name_f]Tipper[/name_f] - ax
[name_f]Tisiphone[/name_f] - avenging murder
[name_f]Zilla[/name_f] - shadow

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Cecilia and [name_m]Calvin[/name_m] are the ones that come to mind for me :sob:

Some of the above mentioned names/meanings I actually love… like [name_f]Morrigan[/name_f] meaning phantom queen I think is really cool. And [name_u]Delaney[/name_u] meaning dark defender is awesome!

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Kennedy is the biggest for me - misshapen head LOL
[name_u]Mallory[/name_u] - bad luck

I don’t actually think some of these meanings are inherently bad ([name_f]Maeve[/name_f], [name_f]Zilla[/name_f], [name_f]Morrigan[/name_f], [name_u]Delaney[/name_u]), but I can see why others wouldn’t like them.

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