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Avoid these baby names with negative meanings

Avoid these baby names with negative meanings

posted: 23 May, 2015, 6:00

Would finding out a name had a negative meaning put you off it? It never occurred to me to check what my children’s names meant. But I admit, I’ve just looked them up and pleased they’re both positive.

One member of our Community decided against the name Livia when she found out it meant ‘envious’, but another chose to call her daughter Claudia even though she knew it meant ‘lame’. She said that the meaning ‘wasn’t the deciding factor’.

For many mums, the sound of the name is more important than the meaning, but if you think a negative meaning would put you off, see our slideshow:

  • My son is named gethin, he is dark skinned (follows me) and he is the must beautiful boy in the world 😉 (alongside his very light skinned brother of course (follows their dad))! Nothing negative about the name at all! 🙂

  • Do they mean ditch as in “to leave behind” or “a deep hole in the ground”?

  • Actually, depending on how you look at it, some of the girl’s names on this list don’t have negative meanings. For example, Saskia may also mean “protector of mankind”, or “Saxon woman”. If Olivia means elf army, that does not seem like such a bad thing, to be compared to the power of an army. I could go on, such as why Leah isn’t negative at all, but I think you get it. If one of these names interests you, research and cross-reference it’s true meaning yourself.

  • CALEB does not mean “DOG” in it’s original sense. CALEB is actually a compound word in Hebrew – something that is quite common in ancient Hebrew. Col (Cuf + Lamed) = all or whole. Lev (Lamed + Vet) = heart. Therefore, CALEB (or COLEV as pronounced in Hebrew) actually means “whole hearted”. Faithful could be another translation. The historical person Caleb was and is an example for outstanding courage and faith until today and therefore an excellent choice.

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