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(Reuters)   For $1,700, you can see what your baby's name means in 100 languages. Note: Does not include obviously made-up names like LaQuiesha, Mychaelya, and Frank   (reuters.com) divider line 344
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2009-11-18 02:53:37 PM  
Parents should have spent the $1700:

i50.tinypic.com
 
2009-11-18 02:55:13 PM  
In plain English my name means "parents lacking imagination."
 
2009-11-18 03:09:59 PM  
$1700 to spend an hour or so typing some name into Yahoo Translator or whatever? Nice work if you can get it.
 
2009-11-18 03:16:56 PM  
brap: In plain English my name means "parents lacking imagination."

I think naming you after a Skinny Puppy song took some imagination.
 
2009-11-18 03:37:09 PM  
I think mine means "helper of man" which is got-damned hilarious.

/c'mere honey lemme help ya
 
2009-11-18 04:04:43 PM  
img43.imageshack.us

Does it work for Tenctonese?
 
2009-11-18 04:21:02 PM  
my first name means God's gift, or Gift from God.
My last name means Mariner.

So I'm really God's Gift to Seamen.
 
2009-11-18 04:25:04 PM  
ne2d: $1700 to spend an hour or so typing some name into Yahoo Translator or whatever? Nice work if you can get it.

This.
 
2009-11-18 04:33:47 PM  
My name means paperclip in French.
 
2009-11-18 05:11:17 PM  
SilentStrider: my first name means God's gift, or Gift from God.
My last name means Mariner.

So I'm really God's Gift to Seamen.


So I'm God's gracious gift to milk? My late name has lost its meaning over the years.
 
2009-11-18 06:24:43 PM  
I am the Christ Bearer of Middlesex.
 
2009-11-18 06:26:14 PM  

Not amused...

i273.photobucket.com
 
2009-11-18 06:26:18 PM  
Or Wendy.
 
2009-11-18 06:26:30 PM  
FTFA:
Celebrity couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes might have thought twice about naming their daughter Suri if they'd known that it means "pickpocket" in Japanese, "turned sour" in French, and "horse mackerels" in Italian, suggest Today Translations.

That's hilarious!

My first name means sweet and pleasant. Give em a break, they couldn't have known...
 
2009-11-18 06:26:57 PM  
My folks named me not knowing if I'd be teh ghey. I'm thinking of changing my name to George S Patton.
 
2009-11-18 06:27:01 PM  
Isn't this what baby name books are for that they sell for a buck at the grocery store?

/ name is the female version of "archer" in French apparently, think I can live with that
 
2009-11-18 06:27:34 PM  
Yeah - onomasty threads FTW!
 
2009-11-18 06:28:04 PM  
Not enough Franks...
 
2009-11-18 06:28:32 PM  
I could buy 17 $100.00 hookers for that.
 
2009-11-18 06:29:18 PM  
brap: In plain English my name means "parents lacking imagination."

That's cool, mine means "my resume won't get throw in the trash and I will receive calls back for job interviews." Wow, that's quite a lot to pull from Jon.
 
2009-11-18 06:29:23 PM  
 
2009-11-18 06:29:30 PM  
SilentStrider: my first name means God's gift, or Gift from God.


Theodore or Jonathan?
 
2009-11-18 06:31:01 PM  
How much does it cost to get them to find out what name has the strongest offensive meaning in the most languages?
 
2009-11-18 06:31:28 PM  
My name means 'huge scrotum' in Tigrinya.
 
2009-11-18 06:31:51 PM  
What about Latrina, is Latrina in in there? Latrina. What about FemaLe'?

These are names me dear old granny used to see when she was a volunteer at minority hospitals in the South.

Female (Fa-ma-lay) for a girl...hea hea hea...oh man. Funny.
 
2009-11-18 06:32:42 PM  
mrtremere: Not enough Franks...

i230.photobucket.com
 
2009-11-18 06:33:40 PM  
Nogale: SilentStrider: my first name means God's gift, or Gift from God.


Theodore or Jonathan?


Matthew.
 
2009-11-18 06:33:45 PM  
Bronson Gigabit: I could buy 17 $100.00 hookers for that.

or 1700 $1 hookers
i230.photobucket.com
 
2009-11-18 06:35:17 PM  
That site is racist because black people cannot use it since they all have made up names.

/Orangejello
//Lemonjello
///La[insert anything] for a girl (extra points for 'quisha'
////De[insert anything] for a boy (extra point for 'quis')

At least they have clearly defined male and female prefix and suffixes.
 
2009-11-18 06:35:25 PM  
& my SO is Dick...
that translates in every language, right?
 
2009-11-18 06:36:16 PM  
Was hoping for some Butch "I'm an American, our names don't mean shiat" action, dissapointed.
 
2009-11-18 06:36:34 PM  
img40.imageshack.us

Get to work.
 
2009-11-18 06:36:34 PM  
Urhines Kendall Icy Eight Special K (new window)

It's Projectguese for "Biatch betta have mah money."
 
2009-11-18 06:36:46 PM  
Celebrity couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes might have thought twice about naming their daughter Suri if they'd known that it means "pickpocket" in Japanese, "turned sour" in French, and "horse mackerels" in Italian, suggest Today Translations.

Or "chain-smoking strip mall moran with big hair" if you're from Vancouver.
 
2009-11-18 06:37:05 PM  
ne2d
$1700 to spend an hour or so typing some name into Yahoo Translator or whatever? Nice work if you can get it.


/This is what I came here to say.
 
2009-11-18 06:37:23 PM  
Fark In A Wind Storm: & my SO is Dick...
that translates in every language, right?


Richard is a name in basically every European language.
 
2009-11-18 06:38:05 PM  
A friend told me a story that he swore came from an OB/GYN friend (but I think is urban legend). Immediately after giving birth, a baby pooped. Its got a medical term attached to it, and when it happened the doctor matter-of-factly said "Here comes mycomium."

He found out the next day that the parents, not having already picked a name, liked it so much that they named their son that.

If it's true, that kid would have to be old enough to look it up on Google by now.
 
2009-11-18 06:39:36 PM  
ne2d: brap: In plain English my name means "parents lacking imagination."

I think naming you after a Skinny Puppy song took some imagination.


Yo Yo scrapin the bottom of the barrel there. Maybe his parents had better work on the process of naming kids. Maybe they warlocking for a better name then Brap.
 
2009-11-18 06:39:57 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2009-11-18 06:40:25 PM  
I kinda doubt my kid's name (Tristan) has much meaning in any language outside Welsh or Middle-English.
 
2009-11-18 06:40:38 PM  
ParagonComplex: That site is racist because black people cannot use it since they all have made up names.

/Orangejello
//Lemonjello
///La[insert anything] for a girl (extra points for 'quisha'
////De[insert anything] for a boy (extra point for 'quis')

At least they have clearly defined male and female prefix and suffixes.



Not sure if black brits are going with the Sha-tweaka or DaShawnda thing.
 
2009-11-18 06:40:39 PM  
And while musicians Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale may have known Zuma meant "peace" in Arabic when choosing their son's name, they may not have been aware it also translates as "Lord frowns in anger" in the Aztec language of Nahuatl.

Lived in the middle east for a year and I had no idea the Arab has a word for peace.
 
2009-11-18 06:41:16 PM  
obeymatt: Nogale: SilentStrider: my first name means God's gift, or Gift from God.


Theodore or Jonathan?

Matthew.


Didn't think of that one.
 
2009-11-18 06:43:09 PM  
beoswulf: And while musicians Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale may have known Zuma meant "peace" in Arabic when choosing their son's name, they may not have been aware it also translates as "Lord frowns in anger" in the Aztec language of Nahuatl.

Lived in the middle east for a year and I had no idea the Arab has a word for peace.


I always thought it was "salaam."
 
2009-11-18 06:44:48 PM  
My name means dont get in an elevator with me.

My daughter was born in an inner city hospital. I saw a baby with the first name sedan and the middle name Deville. I guess they were not into german cars.
 
2009-11-18 06:45:09 PM  
I am Gregory. It means watcher, but if you follow the Book of Enoch it biblically means that I am named after a group of angels that voluntarily left heaven to copulate with human females to create the Nephilim. As a hedonistic gothic narcissist I approve of this name.
 
2009-11-18 06:45:20 PM  
JesseL: I kinda doubt my kid's name (Tristan) has much meaning in any language outside Welsh or Middle-English.

You never really know what odd combination of sounds will mean. Years ago, I bought a cockatiel. She had markings that reminded me of the character Pickachu from Pokemon, so I named her "Pika".

I told my Icelandic mother this and got an earful of silence, then "Where did you hear that?"

Turns out, in Icelandic, Pika is a very vulgar term.

I changed the birds name to "Dot".
 
2009-11-18 06:45:28 PM  
I'm going to be completely frank here...
 
kth
2009-11-18 06:45:43 PM  
My name means "Pure."

I find that terribly amusing.
 
2009-11-18 06:45:57 PM  
We named our son Eoin, the Irish version of Owen.
 
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