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February 17th, 2013, 01:29 PM
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I've never chosen a baby name because of the meaning, but the meaning of my girls names (Mighty in Battle, Little Bird, and Noble) are all fine.

Would you ever consider a name that had a negative meaning? And I don't mean negative connotation--for instance, Claude means "lame" or "crippled" (arguably a meaning most people wouldn't celebrate) where as Adolph has a negative connotation because of the infamy of Adolph Hitler.

So, if you loved a name but the meaning just kind of sucked, would you still consider it, or would you scrap it and keep looking for something else?
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February 17th, 2013, 01:54 PM
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Probably not the neg connotation, but I don't put a ton of stock in meaning. For instance, in German Haeden means heathen. Honestly, I didn't realize it until after I chose it. I only saw the English meaning at first, which just means hay meadow or something boring like that. Also, Haeden is often a total heathen these days, so it has become a bit of a joke in the family.
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February 17th, 2013, 02:05 PM
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With both DS and DD I was obsessed with the meanings of their names. DS's full name mean's One Who Is Blessed By A Dark Stranger With Fire. DD's means Peaceful Flowers from the Red Meadow Bring Joy.

I haven't looked up the meaning to the names we've chosen right now, but most likely I will, but I won't change them regardless of negative or positive connotation with the name.
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February 17th, 2013, 03:09 PM
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PS. Everyone looks at me crazy when I tell them my name is Hesper. They usually ask where it came from and I explain it was in a baby book, it is Greek and means "first evening star". They love that part! Mom wanted something different and she sure found it. Of course, dad wanted to name me Cassiopeia. Thankful she won. They totally deny being on drugs when choosing names, but I don't know! lol
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February 17th, 2013, 03:11 PM
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I havent really looked up the meanings of the names we've chosen but i know i was named for the meaning of my name. Kama which means wished for. Im the youngest of three and the only girl.
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February 17th, 2013, 03:14 PM
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I love Hesper. It's beautiful. DS is half greek. And even though his dad isn't in the picture, his mom is and she's very into her heritage. So when I was 8 weeks preggo with him I was the middle car in a three car pile up. The engine and trunk were both in the front seat with me. Took them over an hour to get me out of my car. So when I was looking at names, I came across Karston which is greek meaning One who is blessed, and I thought, that is the most fitting name.
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February 17th, 2013, 03:23 PM
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I don't care about the meaning.
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February 17th, 2013, 03:29 PM
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I definitely would not do a name that is negative. I dont mind other children with negative meanings behind them.. and most of the time I dont even know the meanings anyway.. but when it comes to names for my children, I personally want one that means something nice. If nobody else knows, at least I will.
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I think it depends on to what degree is it "negative" -- the boy's name we chose has a perfectly good, positive meaning behind it. But it's associated in some "areas" to mean "bad luck" :\ I don't like the bad luck thing, but never knew it until way after we chose it. Regardless, we decided we like the name and it's POSITIVE meaning
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February 17th, 2013, 04:17 PM
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I like cool name meanings but its not the main concern as long as the meaning isn't too crazy. I agree with Jamie that I wouldn't want something too negative, like I wouldn't use "Adolf" or "Manson" haha. But Cameron means "crooked nose" and I would probably still use it if I LOVED the name "Cameron" or something. Kieran Todd means "Little dark clever fox" Lol! I just take that to mean he's going to be smart and mischievous. Lol but some people might not like the "dark" part, though I'm pretty sure it means dark haired or skinned. One of our other top names for a boy was "Ares" which is the Greek god of war. Some people might think that seems negative, but I think it would be pretty cool to have a name like that, especially since it's from mythology. What an empowering name, not to say I love war or anything either! I assure you I don't, but as far as mythological names go, it's pretty cool for a little boy. haha

I know my parents took it into concern though. I love my first name meaning. It means "helper of mankind". My brother's mean "God is my judge" (Daniel) and my sister's (Abigail) is "my father rejoices".
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February 17th, 2013, 07:43 PM
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It really depends! Names with huge negative connotations, probably not. I am pretty sure Alice means "high tower" and Orion means "mountain of urine" or something rediculous. When a name is *perfect* those things dont really matter to me. Our boy name was Ilya (will be our boy name for the next baby too) which has no meaning except russian varriant of Elijah. LOL.
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February 17th, 2013, 07:46 PM
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nice name meanings are cool, but no big deal to me.
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February 18th, 2013, 07:40 AM
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I'm big on meanings of names for my kids, but other people's kids don't bother me
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February 18th, 2013, 01:43 PM
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Having a cool meaning is great, but on a day-to-day basis, most people (including my kid probably) won't know or care what it means but rather how it sounds and what connotations they have of it.
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February 18th, 2013, 02:34 PM
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I'm huge into meaning. My kids names mean:

Goddess of the moon
Of the sea
Great
God is my Judge

I liked the name Melanie but it means dark clothed so I had to nix it.
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February 18th, 2013, 02:45 PM
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DH is big on meanings and biblical ones at that. Michaela is "Who is like God" and I'm happy she was a girl bc if not he would've fought for a Michael. I don't hate the name its just too common for my taste. So, its pretty safe to say we will never have a Jezebel lol. I'll be interested to see what he comes up with this time for a girl since Michaela was the only one in the book we have that we agreed on. His other two picks were Ariel and Naomi. But when I reminded him he asked what he was thinking so we will see.
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