LIFESTYLE

Baby names that have unfortunate meanings

Do you know the meaning behind your name?
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Picking out a baby name has got to be one of the hardest things parents have to go through – first of all it involves agreeing on something, and it involves a huge amount of pressure. 

So, checking a name’s meaning is hardly ever on the agenda when it comes to picking the right name – especially if its a common one. 

Here are some common names which actually have pretty unfortunate origins: 

Girls

Courtney

Based on an old French word meaning ‘short nose.’

Giselle

This name comes from a practice in the early Middle ages where rival tribes would offer a person, often a child, to each other as a pledge of peace, and loosely translates to ‘hostage.’ 

Leah

Derived from the Hebrew word ‘weary.’ 

Molly

This name originated from the Gaelic name Maili, meaning ‘bitter.’ 

Portia

Comes from the Roman family name Porcius, meaning ‘pig.’ 

Boys

Cameron

Coming from the Gaelic name meaning ‘crooked nose.’

Campbell

Derived from the Scottish surname translating to ‘crooked mouth.’ 

Byron

From the Old English word byre meaning ‘of the cowshed.’ 

Caleb

A Hebrew name for ‘dog.’ 

Kennedy

This name comes from the Irish surname which means ‘misshapen head.’ 

This article originally appeared on New Idea.

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