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How much vs. does the meaning vs. of a name matter???

I noticed a poll for Amelia today, and someone mentioned it was a medical term for being born without a limb, and I looked it up, and it was! I found a blog about names with " bad meanings", some were funny like Kennedy ( deformed head), or Cameron ( crooked nose). Others were a little more serious, like Mallory, which means bad faith. I definitely looked at meanings when I named my children, but I am just curious, how much emphasis do you put on the meaning of the name? Would you choose a name with a "bad meaning?"

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I cared nothing about meanings when I named my daughter.

If you go my meanings, her name means " hard work and bitter"

Do I care? No. Because her first name was after my grandmother and her middle name is the same as mine.

Her name is beautiful and so is she.

No matter what name you pick, someone out there will have a negative association with it. It’s more important to love a name than love the meaning.
posted by guest :: 2011-06-20 07:36:36 | report
the name Amelia didn’t come from the medical term. If you look it up in a baby book, it’ll say it means to thrive or rival or something like that. I think the meaning of the name is important, but not as important as the conotation.

And there are so many names out there that have literal meanings that people don’t seem to care about; Chase, Chance, Scarlett, etc. Not that these are bad meanings, but nobody seems to even think about the fact that they are nouns/adjectives/etc used in every day language. Amelia is much less likely to find out what her name means than Scarlett Amber Brown ("So, my name means Red, Yellow, Brown. Awesome")

And I’m pretty sure I saw this exact poll a few months ago (I know, why am I still on this site? That makes me just as bad...)
posted by guest :: 2011-06-20 07:48:45 | report
yes, I posted a similar one a while ago. Not pregnant yet, but still trying to take everything into perspective. Naming a baby is hard work, and I just wanted to get multiple opinions. Sometimes when you post for a different crowd, you get different input, and I wanted to check with the morning crowd! But I am not a multiple poster or an untrue story maker, so I thought it would be ok! Making that "short" list for boy and girl names for one day in the future!
posted by guest :: 2011-06-20 07:52:18 | report
( one of the names on our list was Lorelai, which is a character that sings men to their death/destruction, and I guess it just bothered me to have a name associated with death and destruction, again, sorry for the second poll, it just is a topic that weighs heavily on my mind)
posted by guest :: 2011-06-20 07:54:55 | report
I think it’s the kind of thing that if it bothers you, you probably shouldn’t choose a name with a meaning you don’t like.. Personally, I know I always liked the "nice" meanings of my names growing up. I want my children to have the same sort of thing. I’m okay with boring meanings, but I’m not okay with negative meanings. I can’t remember which name it was, but I found a boys name recently that I liked until I saw the meaning.
posted by guest :: 2011-06-20 08:23:12 | report
I named my daughter Rubella Willow and it wasn’t until I heard that Rubella was actually some sort of illness that I really thought about the true meaning of the name. from then on we have called her Ruby and are now seriously thinking about changing her name legally to Ruby Willow. I think it has a great deal to do with the meaning of what Rubella actually is and ever since I have always checked what a name meant before it was put on the baby name list.
posted by guest :: 2011-06-20 08:59:29 | report
You have to look at the meanings differently. The difference between the name Amelia and the name Penelope (pig nose), is that one is a MEDICAL REAL MEANING WORD. Someone just made up the meaning for Penelope. Same with all the Biblical names. Matthew? Gift from God? Someone made that up. Chase? That’s a word. It has a DEFINITION. It’s different.
posted by guest :: 2011-06-20 09:10:30 | report
My husband and I are both language professors, so meaning was very important to us when choosing a name. There were three names that I liked that I would never have used because of their meaning. You have to remember that it doesn’t matter to most people and many are unaware of the meaning, but our children would KNOW that we had been aware of the meaning. Those names were:
Todd (derived from one language, it means "fox" which isn’t bad; derived from another language it means "death", which isn’t something we’d want to pin on our child)
Tristan (meaning is associated with sadness)
Cecilia (means "blind"; The name I loved was Cecilia Rae, meaning "blind doe".)
posted by guest: guest :: 2011-06-20 09:59:10 | report
All names have meaning, whether they are place names (toponyms), surnames (patronyms), or given names. When those names are only used as names, we lose sight of their meanings. Many given names today are also part of our everyday language, so their meanings are much more obvious. But ALL names have meanings and the meanings are NOT made up.
posted by guest: guest :: 2011-06-20 10:03:50 | report

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