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Do You Check The Meaning? 10 Baby Names With Unexpected Meanings

One of the first big decisions you will make as your start into parenting is giving the new member of your family a name. Something they have to live with forever — that may effect them as they grow and become an adult.

I love looking at baby names and for my kids now — I had the names before we were even expecting. Some couples choose to wait until their child is born to find the perfect fitting name for them and others, like me, have their names far before the baby takes their first breath. I even have the name ready for baby #4 and we’re not even pregnant yet.

Despite being ready for the name giving already, we take a lot of time deciding and considering everything. We think about how it may effect them (does it sound like the name of a CEO?), we think how it sounds with their last name, their siblings and we look closely at the meaning of the name. Not only so we can feel good about giving them a cool and awesome sounding name, but I don’t want the meaning to haunt them forever too. Some very common names don’t exactly have the best meanings behind them.

Click through for 10 common baby names that have unexpected meanings:


  • Emily 1 of 10
    Emily
    Origin: English
    Meaning: Rival
    Photo credit: andreanna arambula on Flickr
  • Cameron 2 of 10
    Cameron
    Origin: Scottish
    Meaning: Bent Nose
    Photo credit: oneras on Flickr
  • Caleb 3 of 10
    Caleb
    Origin: Hebre
    Meaning: Dog
    Photo credit: Stephen Cummings on Flickr
  • Cassandra 4 of 10
    Cassandra
    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: She who entangles men
    Photo credit: -ARING- on Flickr
  • Mia 5 of 10
    Mia
    Origin: Hebrew
    Meaning: Uncertain, maybe bitter
    Photo credit: Ginny Washburne on Flickr
  • Avery 6 of 10
    Avery
    Origin: English
    Meaning: Elf counsel
    Photo credit: _nezemnaya_ on Flickr
  • Connor 7 of 10
    Connor
    Origin: Gaelic
    Meaning: Lover of hounds
    Photo credit: victoria johnson photography on Flickr
  • Jullian 8 of 10
    Jullian
    Origin: Latin
    Meaning: Down-bearderd youth
    Photo credit: oldflints on Flickr
  • Logan 9 of 10
    Logan
    Origin: Gaelic
    Meaning: Hollow
    Photo credit: _nezemnaya_ on Flickr
  • Leah 10 of 10
    Leah
    Origin: Hebrew
    Meaning: Weary
    Photo credit: Stephen Cummings on Flickr

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