You finally found the perfect baby name for your perfect little angel … it works with your last name, it honors a relative, it nods to your heritage, it doesn’t rhyme with a curse word, and neither you nor your significant other has a relative, ex-lover, or enemy with that name. But before you go inking it on a certificate, you might want to check out its meaning. Some of the most beautiful and popular names have some of the most bizarre and not-so-pleasing definitions!
Meaning: Down-bearded youth
Somehow we think of Pretty Woman when we hear the name Julia, not a young dude in need of a shave.
We promise that if you choose this Biblical name for your baby son, he won’t bark at the moon or chase cars (but until he’s totally potty trained, we can’t promise you that he won’t pee on the rug).
Meaning: Swine, pig
We’re pretty sure that Ellen’s beautiful wife, Portia de Rossi, doesn’t live in a barn, eat slop and snort uncontrollably.
If male patterned baldness runs in your family, you might just want to stay away from this one. That said, scientists will probably have developed a simple pill for hair replacement therapy by the time little Calvin starts to thin out on top!
Meaning: She who entangles men
It’s hard for us to associate a devious man-eater with a sweet baby girl in pink named Cassandra. But call us when she’s 16!
Meaning: Crooked nose
Don’t be afraid that this name will result in a need for a nose job– just look at Cameron Diaz’s perfect visage.
Meaning: Elf army
We don’t remember an Olivia from Lord of the Rings … maybe she works at the North Pole.
Meaning: Lover of hounds
Please know that if you name your son Connor, just because his name means hound-lover does not guarantee him a place in veterinary school.
Meaning: Crooked mouth
Beautiful CNN anchor Campbell Brown’s lovely lips look plenty straight to us!
Just because you’re set on the twin-meaning name for your son doesn’t mean the ultrasound tech was wrong when she said there was only one bun in your oven. That said, by the time he’s 2, those you’ll probably start feeling like he is two different people when “good Thomas” and “bad Thomas” start to emerge.
Although the name Emily has a cut-throat meaning, when we hear this name, all we see is a sweet old-fashioned girl picking flowers.
If you’re concerned that your cute, little Caesar/Cesar will grow up to be a hairy beast, you might want to counteract the name with the middle name Calvin (see #5!).
Weary? Please! Everyone knows that Princess Leah is the real hero of Star Wars! Plus Leah Remini and Lea Thompson are “anything but” as well!
Meaning: Beautiful at birth
No matter what name you choose for your baby, you’re sure to believe the definition of Kevin applies the moment you set eyes on him or her.
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