Good, good word names…..

.....with bad, bad meanings

bad baby 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.

Dementia, for instance, and Maudlin. Alimony and Sushi (not so good as a name, but you can buy the adorable costume on Etsy.)

What would you add to the list? Post your coolest, funniest ideas here and/or there?

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mill1020 Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 1:16 am

How about:
Minnow
Anathema
Candida
Hex
Pimpernel

katinka Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 3:06 am

Candida is actually a fairly well-used name amongst the British aristocracy!
http://www.thepeerage.com/p31797.htm

I think Libertine, Silhouette and Bellicose are my favourites!

Kjh446 Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 5:36 am

Some words that have bad meanings but would sound great as names:

Anemone
Narcissa
Enemy
Pneumonia
Venom
Brigand

Suzannah Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 6:27 am

Rubella
Thorax

LilySue Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 8:06 am

Malice
Jinx
Calamity
Dismay
Rosacea
Malaria
Murrain
Raggedy
I also really love Mortimer, Morton and just Mort, but I would never use it

LilySue Says:

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

beynotce Says:

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.

jalila13 Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 10:34 am

Harlot
Sinister
Melancholy
Faux/Foe
Dismay
Forge/Forgery
Malicious
Phobia

-EagleEyes- Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 10:42 am

girls-
Anesthesia
Psoriasis
Calamity

boys-
Grave

quiddities Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 10:47 am

Lots of science words sound like names.
Angina
Cannula
Diarrhea
Echolalia
Entropy
Frigid
Hernia
Leukemia
Phalange
Rubella
Syphilis
Stent
Trachea

Some others:
Cuss
Flask
Mad
Martyr
Mail
Prim
Raunchy
Sanctimony
Skinner
Xenophobia

columbiacharm Says:

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.

Alchemy
Anvil
Bellow
Biker
Bramble
Crash
Danger
Hemlock
Roar
Rodeo
Steel
Wriggly

mill1020 Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 3:48 pm

@columbiacharm, I know a child whose middle name is Danger. Ugh.

Eliane Says:

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…

NaomiNY Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 6:53 pm

Here are not-so-great word name ideas:
Sorrow
Misery
Rosacea
Furiosa- Heard this on Mad Max: Fury Road. Sounds cool, but it has the word “Furious” in it, minus the U.
Minima
Bandit
Brick
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”.
Melancholia
Narcissa
Echolalia
Rubella

NaomiNY Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 7:05 pm

Forgot to mention:
Shiraz
Chardonnay
Chablis
Cabernet
Merlot
Tequila
Marijuana
Reality
Calamity

caroblaise Says:

November 14th, 2017 at 11:07 pm

Sanctuary
Lupus (it’s cool that it means “wolf” in Latin, but it’s also a disease)
Cry
Gavel
Stoner
Lyrica (like the medicine)

saoirse123 Says:

November 15th, 2017 at 12:11 am

Polyamory
Methadone
Amino (as in acid)
Heifer
Heil
Sacristy
Edema
Valise
Yakuza (japanese crime cartel)
Caesarean
Calamity
Cartoon
Myalgia
Nicotine
Furlough

AshleySuzanne Says:

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)
Harlot
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)

Pam Says:

November 15th, 2017 at 1:09 am

I like twins, Chasm and Calamity. So funny, thanks everyone.

raefrank Says:

November 15th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Tamale
Piranha
Placenta
Latrine
Ego

Pam Says:

November 15th, 2017 at 12:17 pm

OMG, Piranha and Placenta. Perfect boy-girl twins.

bethlena Says:

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!

amytakayama Says:

November 15th, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Felony

esita Says:

November 15th, 2017 at 7:40 pm

Antimony! So close to Antigone, but a poisonous element.

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