I think a nice etymological meaning is a positive feature in a name, and one that I look for as a name nerd, but for most people, I think what they care about most is that their parents chose their name for a reason, rather than the etymological meaning. Who cares if [name_f]Cecilia[/name_f] means “blind” when you’re choosing to name your baby after your lovely Great Aunt [name_f]Cece[/name_f] who opened your eyes to the world by taking you on your first international trip?
I also feel strongly that the meaning the parents intend when they choose a name overrides the linguistic history of the name. Names are part of language, and language is organic and evolving. There are a lot of names that have been derived from multiple different origins all over the world, and none are more “correct” than the others (see: [name_f]Azami[/name_f], [name_m]Evander[/name_m], [name_m]Idris[/name_m], [name_m]Kamal[/name_m], [name_f]Nessa[/name_f], [name_f]Talia[/name_f], [name_f]Zahara[/name_f]). There’s nothing stopping parents from deriving a name from a specific origin/meaning even if that name already exists from a different origin. For example, my middle name, [name_u]Rae[/name_u], is typically seen as a derivation of [name_f]Rachel[/name_f], which means “ewe.” However, my grandmother chose it as an alternate spelling of the word “ray,” as in a ray of light. So to me, my middle name means “ray of light.”
Also, what constitutes a “bad” meaning? [name_m]Even[/name_m] in this thread, [name_u]Madison[/name_u] is given as an example as a name with a bad meaning because it means “[name_f]Maud[/name_f]'s son.” Is that bad? Or just not literally accurate? And do name meanings need to be literally accurate? If so, then only fair-haired children should be named [name_u]Finn[/name_u]. Only the children of royalty should be named [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]. And maybe no baby should be named [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] or [name_f]Bella[/name_f] - because who knows if they’ll grow up to be wise or beautiful?
I do think Berries and other name enthusiasts have a tendency to put [name_m]WAY[/name_m] too much emphasis on the origin and meaning of a name, and can have a tendency to be quite snobby about their opinions of “good” names and equate features that they personally don’t care for with qualities that actually make a name ill-advised or unusable. [name_f]Remember[/name_f] that these are the opinions of people who care and think about names a lot more than the average person. Take them with a grain of salt. And keep loving [name_u]Kennedy[/name_u]!
(Sorry about the rant, apparently I have a lot of opinions about this subject!)