(Closed) Love the name, don't like the meaning

posted 6 years ago in Names
  • poll: Would you still use the name if you don't like the meaning?
    yes : (108 votes)
    81 %
    no : (26 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    9115 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m an Atheist.  And not what you would call and “apathetic atheist” for the most part.  Same for Fiance.  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
    1306 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I named my daughter a name with a hideous meaning but I like the name so I used it anyway!

    Post # 6
    4605 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    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
    1466 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    678 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    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
    7437 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Fiance 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
    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It really depends on the name, honestly. Hell, my first name’s meaning is a liquor.

    Post # 12
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    2253 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    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
    84 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    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.

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