Baby Name Game: That name means what?!?

March 15, 2018 Pamela Redmond
name meanings

Blame Hulbert.

I was putting together a list of names that mean grace when there was Hulbert. A name that may well have several good qualities, but grace isn’t one of them.

So I started thinking: What other names have meanings that may be correct but seem so wrong?

Mary meaning bitter is one obvious example. But what are some others?

What names can you find that have meanings ridiculously out of step with their image or sound?

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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