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Names That Mean Trouble

  1. AtroposHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "inevitable, inflexible"
    • Description:

      Atropos is one of the three Fates of Greek Mythology. She and her sisters determined life from birth to death—Atropos determined how one would die and would cut the thread of life. Her Roman equivalent is Morta.
  2. MalalaHeart
    • Origin:

      Pashto
    • Meaning:

      "sad, grieved"
    • Description:

      This name has a hauntingly appropriate meaning for its most famous bearer, Pakistani women and children's right activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousefzai. The name itself is derived from the more traditional Malalai, which was the name of a 19th century female Afghan freedom fighter. If you're looking for a soft sounding female name that packs a punch in history and in meaning, Malala is definitely a strong contender.
  3. BalbinaHeart
    • Origin:

      Roman
    • Meaning:

      "stammerer"
    • Description:

      The Ancient Roman Balbina is the feminine form of Balbus or Balbinus. While certainly unique, it's hard to imagine this name will go far in the modern English-speaking world.
  4. PenthesileaHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "mournful grip"
    • Description:

      An interesting figure from Greek mythology -- an Amazon queen who fought for Troy in the Trojan War -- but no figure could be interesting enough to make that five-syllable mouthful usable today. Stick with Penelope or, if that's too popular for your taste, try Thessaly.
  5. ShenziHeart
    • Origin:

      African, Swahili
    • Meaning:

      "savage"
    • Description:

      The name of the hyena character in The Lion King was clearly chosen for it's villainous meaning—not exactly one you want for a baby, but if you can get past that, it's a nice name.
  6. GehryHeart
    • Origin:

      Variation of Geary, Irish or English
    • Meaning:

      "spear or fickle"
    • Description:

      You might want to honor premier U.S. architect Frank Gehry--even though he was born Ephraim Goldberg. Gehry, pronounced like the more common surname Geary, may be a spin on the name Gary, which means spear, or derive from the Middle English word geary, which means fickle.
  7. TornadoHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish word name
    • Description:

      Tornado first meant thunderstorm and only later came to mean whirlwind, the common modern meaning. More recently, Tornado is the first name of a tennis-playing teen whose sister is called the equally attention-getting Hurricane. Both names work for either gender, if you think you can withstand the storm jokes.
  8. DiabloHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "devil"
    • Description:

      Diablo Cody, self-named (she's really Brook Busey) screenwriter of Juno, singlehandedly helped popularize not just her heroine's name and her own but all o-ending names for girls. You don't need us to tell you that it takes a brave parent, in every way, to name a baby Diablo. Diablo is one of the Spanish baby names that diverges furthest from the well-paved camino.
  9. BuzHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "contempt"
    • Description:

      A name used in the Old Testament, as well as a variation of Buzz.
  10. PeabodyHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "having the body of a gnat"
    • Description:

      Peabody is a quintessentially Waspy surname that your child won't thank you for -- either the pea part or the body part, or the meaning part.
  11. RacerHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      New, fast, cool, and chosen by director Robert Rodriguez, whose other sons are Rebel, Rocket, and Rogue, all somewhat risky options.
  12. TalmanHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "injured, oppressed"
    • Description:

      Extremely rare yet with an on trend sound, although the meaning may put parents off.
  13. JarebHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "he will struggle"
    • Description:

      Unfortunately, everyone will just hear Jared.
  14. FogartyHeart
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "exiled one"
    • Description:

      Fogarty has the Old Fogey problem.
  15. ShararHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "enemy"
    • Description:

      Biblical name from the Old Testament.
  16. PumaHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "big cat"
    • Description:

      Lithe and leonine name chosen for her daughter by singer Erykah Badu -- whose other child has the number name Seven.
  17. PaineHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "villager, country-dweller"
    • Description:

      While patriot Thomas Paine is a worthy honoree, the mere association with the word 'pain' knocks this name out of bounds.