Boys, Girls

These are the shock meanings behind 11 very common baby names… and parents might not be pleased

THERE is a lot to think about when choosing a name for your baby boy or girl.

To make matters even more complicated, Closer has now revealed the very unfortunate meanings behind some of Britain’s most popular kids’ monikers.

The unfortunate meanings behind some of the UK’s most popular names has been revealed (Picture posed by model)

After scouring through baby name books, the lifestyle magazine discovered Emily, Leah, Molly, Rebecca and Claudia all have shocking meanings.

Emily is the English version of the Latin “Aemilia” which comes from the word for “rival”, while Leah translated into Hebrew means “tired or weary”.

Molly means “bitter”, Claudia derives from the Latin for “lame” or “disabled” and Rebecca is defined as “to bind or snare”.



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Leah, Molly, Mary and Rebecca all have shock meanings, Closer discovered (Picture posed by model)

11 baby names and their unfortunate meanings

  • Emily – from the Latin for “rival”
  • Leah – from the Hebrew for “tired or weary”
  • Molly – means “bitter”
  • Claudia – from Latin for “lame” or “disabled”
  • Rebecca – means “to bind or snare”
  • Cecilia – from Latin for “blind”
  • Lola – means “lady of sorrows”
  • Mary – from Hebrew for “bitter”
  • Calvin – dervives from French for “bald”
  • Cameron – means “crooked nose”
  • Jacob – means “supplanter”

The pretty-sounding Cecilia means “blind” in Latin, Lola stands for “lady of sorrows” and Mary translates to “bitter” in Hebrew.

And the boys don’t get off lightly either.

Calvin is derived from the French “chauve” meaning “bald”, and the Scottish moniker Cameron means “crooked nose”.

Jacob means “supplanter”– someone who takes the rightful place of someone else.

The boys don’t get off lightly either with Jacob, Calvin and Cameron found to have shock meaning (Picture posed by model)

Meanwhile Oliver has jumped a place to become the number one choice for boys, followed by Muhammed, Noah, Harry and Jack.

In second place for the girls was Lily (third most popular in 2015), then Sophia, Emily, Amelia and new entry Ava.

The research, conducted by global parenting site BabyCentre, showed more new parents are taking inspiration from the world of celebrity and showbiz and the great outdoors for their kids’ name choices.

Traditional, nature-inspired names like Lily, Poppy, Daisy and Holly have all seen their positions rise within the top 50.

Top 10 girls’ baby names

  1. Olivia
  2. Lily
  3. Sophia
  4. Emily
  5. Amelia
  6. Ava
  7. Isla
  8. Isabella
  9. Isabella
  10. Sophie

Top 10 boys’ baby names

  1. Oliver
  2. Muhammed
  3. Noah
  4. Harry
  5. Jack
  6. Charlie
  7. Jacob
  8. George
  9. Ethan
  10. Henry

George has risen four places to take a spot in the top ten for the first time since 2012, while Harry also continues to rise, appearing in the top five this year with a jump of two places from 2015.

Other royal names continue to rise – Charlotte has shot up ten places and Kate and Catherine have also seen a boost, though William has fallen slightly from 13th to 19th place.

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