For some parents picking out a name for their baby involves checking meanings to find something poetic or aspirational. Others just go with a name that sounds pretty.
But checking a name’s meaning can come in handy if you want to avoid naming your child after an unfortunate facial feature or a farm animal.
The parents of these popular baby names may wish they’d checked first…
Courtney – ‘short nose’. Based on an Old French word.
Giselle – ‘hostage’. From Germany, this name comes from a practice in the early Middle Ages where rival tribes would offer a person, often a child, to each other as a pledge of peace.
Leah – ‘weary’. From the Hebrew word.
Molly – ‘bitter’. Originated from Gaelic name Maili, a nickname for Mary.
Portia – comes from Roman family name Porcius, meaning ‘pig’.
Cameron – ‘crooked nose’. From the Gaelic name.
Campbell – ‘crooked mouth’. From a Scottish surname.
Byron – ‘of the cowshed’. From the Old English word byre.
Caleb – a Hebrew name for ‘dog’.
Kennedy – from an Irish surname which means ‘misshapen head’.
As you can see, ancient parents were a kind lot who wanted to make sure their sons and daughters never forgot they had facial flaws like a short nose or crooked mouth.
And to all the paranoid Portias out there, I’m sure your parents think you’re beautiful.
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H/T: Essential Baby