Good, good word names…..
My son once had a classmate with a word name that might have been very pretty except…..it had a terrible meaning.
The poor child’s name was Cliche. That’s right, as in overused and unoriginal. When you just hear the sound — klee-shay — it’s a word that’s undeniably nameworthy. But the meaning knocks it out of contention. Or at least it should.
There’s a fun thread on the forums now of other such words that might make excellent names except for their meanings.
What would you add to the list? Post your coolest, funniest ideas here and/or there?
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on November 14th, 2017 at 1:16 am
on November 14th, 2017 at 3:06 am
Candida is actually a fairly well-used name amongst the British aristocracy!
I think Libertine, Silhouette and Bellicose are my favourites!
on November 14th, 2017 at 5:36 am
Some words that have bad meanings but would sound great as names:
on November 14th, 2017 at 6:27 am
on November 14th, 2017 at 8:06 am
I also really love Mortimer, Morton and just Mort, but I would never use it
on November 14th, 2017 at 8:20 am
Oh, and I also forgot Heck, Hoax, Nemesis, Narrow, Marrow, Lice, Maladie and Hollow
And Maleficent is probably a thing now
on November 14th, 2017 at 9:39 am
I love this kind of brainstorming! The above suggestion of Jinx makes me think of fabulous drag star Jinkx Monsoon, and how these kinds of names might be usable–not on babies, but on literary characters, drag personas, video game avatars, and pet cats, just to name a few.
As for suggestions, Misery and Sorrow sound lovely for girls, Kick and Drag sound like modern boys (except for their meanings). Ransom is one of my guilty pleasures – for me, it has a very positive connotation rooted in my religious background, but I have received STRONG responses that the meaning is too unpleasant for most people to find it usable.
on November 14th, 2017 at 10:34 am
on November 14th, 2017 at 10:42 am
on November 14th, 2017 at 10:47 am
Lots of science words sound like names.
on November 14th, 2017 at 12:56 pm
These don’t all have awful meanings, but mostly not meanings I’d want to have in a name.
on November 14th, 2017 at 3:48 pm
@columbiacharm, I know a child whose middle name is Danger. Ugh.
on November 14th, 2017 at 4:23 pm
My Bulgarian aunt once told me about a friend of hers who‘s called Tetradka (тетрадка) which literally means notebook which isn‘t a horrible meaning but it isn‘t a great one either…
on November 14th, 2017 at 6:53 pm
Here are not-so-great word name ideas:
Furiosa- Heard this on Mad Max: Fury Road. Sounds cool, but it has the word “Furious” in it, minus the U.
Any name that has “Mort” in it, because in French, mort means death.
Ninny- It’s practically calling someone a wuss.
Prissy- I think it’s synonymous with “snobby”.
Veruca- means “wart”.
on November 14th, 2017 at 7:05 pm
Forgot to mention:
on November 14th, 2017 at 11:07 pm
Lupus (it’s cool that it means “wolf” in Latin, but it’s also a disease)
Lyrica (like the medicine)
on November 15th, 2017 at 12:11 am
Amino (as in acid)
Yakuza (japanese crime cartel)
on November 15th, 2017 at 1:06 am
Gunner (I think this name sounds so cool, but the connection with guns and shooter is a huge put off)
Malice (I once knew a cat named Malice, and it worked for the cat. Definitely would not work for people)
Ten (A lot of number names sounds cool to me, so I might use them for pets one day)
Chasm (This is kind of cool, maybe usable)
on November 15th, 2017 at 1:09 am
I like twins, Chasm and Calamity. So funny, thanks everyone.
on November 15th, 2017 at 12:09 pm
on November 15th, 2017 at 12:17 pm
OMG, Piranha and Placenta. Perfect boy-girl twins.
on November 15th, 2017 at 12:59 pm
I knew of a little boy named “Phase,” and his mum was originally going to spell it Faze!
Personally, my favourite names consist of many “word names” (and nature-style names too…) For instance, I adore the names Poet, Saffron, Clover, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday, November, Light (for a boy, I love), Posy, and Winter.
I find these names more appealing than traditional given names which are so very popular beyond belief. Growing up with a seriously popular name in England (the biblical Bethany) was a nightmare. I hated it. I was always one of three or four Bethanys and always called Bethany B or Beth B, and even “the other Bethany”. I felt that it stripped me of my identity somewhat. I wished for a more original name, and even as an adult I still wish that my name was something less traditional – because I am actually very odd and not so common of a person!
on November 15th, 2017 at 1:02 pm
on November 15th, 2017 at 7:40 pm
Antimony! So close to Antigone, but a poisonous element.
on November 19th, 2017 at 11:48 pm
Narcissa is an actual name. Narcissa Whitman was alive in the nineteenth century.
on November 29th, 2017 at 12:25 pm
I’m working on geometry at the same time as this and Decagon! or Hexagon. Maybe just because the “agon” ending reminds me of Eragon which I like
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