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The Dirty Dozen of Baby Names

Published Feb 3, 2016 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Looking for some baby name suggestions? Well ChatterBlock is here to help you out. We've compiled a dirty dozen of names for you. In honour of Valentine's six actually mean love in a different language and the other six ... well may be a little inappropriate depending where in the world you are!

Choosing a name for your baby can be a stressful decision for any parent. If your due date is in February why not consider some of the ChatterBlock’s favourite names that mean love in different languages around the world. Better yet, if you are in for a good laugh check out the following six sensational names that outside of the English language can actually mean some very interesting things…

Beautiful Baby Names that mean Love

Amia: The French really took the classic name of Amy up a notch with this beautiful variation. In French Amia actually means “dearly loved”.

Anwell: Want to class-up your kids name? Why not consider this Celtic boys name that means “beloved”.

Brisa: Pronounced “bree-sah” this names is rooted in Spanish and means “breeze” or “beloved”.

Cara: If you love pizza, pasta and all things carbs why not name your baby girl Cara? This pretty name means “dear, beloved” in Italian.

Davis: This interesting Hebrew variation of David also mean “beloved”.... hmm there seems to be a pattern here. We think naming your child Davis, as opposed to David, helps soften this traditional and masculine name up.

Kendi: If you don’t know the gender of your baby, but know they may be born in February why not consider the gender neutral African name Kendi, which means “the loved one”.

Beautiful Baby Names with “interesting” International meanings

Bill: Just a heads up, do not name your child Bill if you are planning to live abroad. In Dutch, the name (spelled Bil) means butt cheek.

Bobby: Interestingly, this now gender neutral name actually sounds like the Indonesian word for pig. Personally, I think there is nothing cuter than a squeaking little pink pig, but your child may beg to differ.

Gary: Apparently the typical pronunciation of this name sounds very similar to the Japanese word for a upsetting bodily function known as diarrhea…

Hannah: This one isn’t that big of a deal, but the beautiful name Hannah in Japanese sounds like their word for nose.

Mark: Surprisingly this very common name actually means “worm” in Norwegian.

Randy or Randi: Although in North America this may be a perfectly acceptable name for a girl or a boy there is a reason why the long and short forms of Randall have never caught on in the UK. Hilariously, Randy actually means getting a little too excited...down there (see definition) for the Brits.

So folks, there you have it, the dirty (half-dozen I guess) of baby names. Whether you love them or you hate them at least you are now a more educated on what names are internationally safe and what names should be avoided at all costs. However, if your name happens to be Bill, Bobby, Gary, Hannah, Mark or Randy don’t sweat it! You now have a great conversation starter when you travel abroad.

Thanks for giving the article a quick read! Hopefully, it brightened your day and made you get a little more in the Valentine’s Day spirit.


Carly Paracholski
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March 8, 2016, 11:44 a.m. Flag

FINALLY! A list of names where I don't roll my eyes at every one for being waaaay overdone lately! Anwell & Kendi are my favorites from the non-English background. The Randy/Randi explanation cracked me up, but I really like that name! I guess I have heard of that as slang before. These baby names can all be super sweet, no matter what :)


March 10, 2016, 2:44 a.m. Flag

I love how unique this list of names is! I feel like nowadays so many people are naming their children totally ridiculous things or names that are so ridiculously overused. I swear I'll pull my hair out if I see another baby called Bella or Elsa. Anwell and Brisa are both such beautiful names! I've never heard either of them before, but they have a lovely ring to them and they're also very unique!


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