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#1 WriterJones


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Posted 22 January 2020 - 11:46 AM

Ive always been pretty interested in how names can become popular despite unsavory meanings. So, Ive complied a list of a few popular names with darker meanings. Feel free to add any!

Bethany: house of sickness, house of dogs
Dolores/Lola: lady of sorrows
Isolde: icy battle
Leah: weary, cow
Layla: night, dark beauty
Melanie: black, dark
Merle: blackbird
Cecelia: blind
Claudia: lame
Emily/Emilia/Amelia: rival
Deirdre: sorrowful, sad one
Mara/Mary/Molly/Marie: bitter
Lorelai: she whose singing lures men to destruction
Rebecca: to bind, to tie, to snare
Portia: pig
Persephone: to destroy, murder
Giselle: hostage

Byron: cowshed
Calvin: bald
Doyle: dark stranger
Jacob/James: supplanter
Gideon: having a stump for a hand
Huxley: inhospitable place
Soren: severe
Duncan/Donovan: dark warrior
Harvey: soldier
Caleb: dog
Cain: spear, possessed

Cameron: crooked nose
Campbell: crooked mouth
Mallory: unfortunate, ill-fated
Kennedy: deformed head
Tristan: sorrowful
Sloane/Sloan: raider
Blaise: lisp, stutter
Brennan: descendant of sorrow
Bela: destruction
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Posted 22 January 2020 - 04:27 PM

I can't think of any to add off the top of my head but there are quite a few up there that I have always loved!


Out of the girls, I really like Dolores and Isolde and from the boys: Byron, Calvin and Soren. Actually, the only one I can think of which is similar in theme is the Italian Addolorata which has the same meaning as Dolores but sounds stunning! Blaise is my favourite of the unisex :)


Thanks so much for sharing, I've got some new inspo! :)

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