Post # 1
I’m not pregnant, and not planning on become soon… but my husband and I are always talking about baby names. There’s a name we both really like, but I don’t like the meaning behind it (it’s religious– different religion than mine). Would you still use the name if you don’t like the meaning?
ETA: The name is Natalie. It means “birthday of Christ” or “birthday of Christmas.” I am Jewish (therefore don’t believe in Christ) and fairly observant compared to many.
Post # 3
A meaning doesn’t really mean anything. Nobody looks those things up and regardless of its origin, if I liked a name, I’d use it.
Edit: Atheist here.
Post # 4
I’m an Atheist. And not what you would call and “apathetic atheist” for the most part. Same for FI. But we’re considering names that are religious-y in origin. We especially like Old Testemant names (Abraham, etc). I don’t think most people think of the “meaning” behind a name for the most part.
Post # 5
I named my daughter a name with a hideous meaning but I like the name so I used it anyway!
Post # 6
I don’t plan to have kids, but my friend gave her kids biblical names and she’s an atheist but they sounded nice togehter. I think that the way a name sounds is more important than the meaning.
Post # 7
In most cases I think I would if I didn’t like the meaning. If I disliked the meaning though, I probably wouldn’t use it if that makes sense. So, if the meaning is furniture mover and I didn’t really have to think about it that would be fine. But, I probably wouldn’t name my daughter Jezebel (even though I think it’s very pretty), because it reminds me personally of the Jezebel in the Bible who had kind of a bad reputation.
Post # 8
I love my name, it is so beautiful, but the meaning is religious, and I am not. I think it depends exactly on what it means, but as long as it didn’t mean bastard or something like that I’d probably use it.
Post # 9
I had to vote no…many Turkish names (what we will probably end up with 🙂 have a meaning that is readily apparent to other Turkish speakers. I’ve come across Turkish names with meanings like “lonely” and of course plenty boys’ names related to being warriors and conquerors… I think we’ll skip those just based on the meaning!!
Post # 10
FI and I want to have a girl and name her Tanner. It means “leather maker” and is usually a boys name, but we love it for a girl.
Post # 11
It really depends on the name, honestly. Hell, my first name’s meaning is a liquor.
Post # 12
I think it depends on the meaning and the name. What does it mean? Will you share the name?
My name means something like God is gracious…but I was named as I was because “Peach” is a family name, not because my parents are super religious or anything. My mom’s an atheist.
Post # 13
I would still use the name if I loved it that much. My parents could barely speak English when they named me. It’s pretty much a certainty that they didn’t know the meaning of my name before they gave it to me. They just liked how it sounded.
Post # 14
We’re atheists and our daughter has a biblical name, which means tired or weary. Pretty lame meaning, and her story isn’t a delightful one, but I love her name anyway.
Post # 15
It doesn’t have to be a good meaning, but if it is a bad meaning then no, I would not use it. One name I used to like means “vain.” I don’t mind religious names even though I am an atheist. A meaning of “God’s helper” is intended to be positive even if I don’t believe. The fact that my favorite names mean “faith,” “truth,” and “life” make me love them more.
Post # 16
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My daughters name means “sadness” in Spanish, French and Italian. I loved the name though and no one else would know what it means unless they spoke those languages fluently. I once had a Hispanic co-worker ask me why I named her “Sadness” I just explained I liked the way it sounded. Meanings don’t mean anythingto most.