Yikes: Popular Names That Actually Mean Horrible Things

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Think your name might be on this list? Click through to find out if you have a weird and unfortunate meaning. Vote for the names that have the most embarrassing meanings.

You finally found the perfect baby name for your perfect little angel... it works with your last name, it honors a relative, it nods to your heritage, it doesn't rhyme with a curse word, and neither you nor your significant other has a relative, ex-lover, or enemy with that name. But before you go inking it on a certificate, you might want to check out its meaning. Some of the most beautiful and popular names have some of the most bizarre and not-so-pleasing definitions!

If your name meant “has no intelligence and is rather annoying,” would it bother you? Would you care if your baby’s name meant “smells like yak fur”? Even the prettiest-sounding names can fool you when it comes to their odd, sometimes kooky meanings. If you've got a thing for meaningful monikers, vote up the ones with the most surprising, and unfortunate, meanings.

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    526 VOTES

    Pippa is Greek Slang for a Sexual Act

    Princess Kate’s stunning younger sister has a name that means "lover of horses," but if you’re living in Greece, it’s also slang for a rather, ahem, lewd act. Fortunately, a lot of non-Mediterranean-types are picking it due to being a "lover of Pippa Middleton." Hey, what's not to love?

    526 votes
  • 2
    181 VOTES

    Suri Means Pig, Pointed Nose, and Pickpocket

    As TomKat gazed into their little diva’s big blue eyes and dreamed of days dressing her in tiny Marc Jacobs flats, they were probably thinking of "princess" and "red rose" -- possible Hebrew and Persian meanings behind the name. If they had only known that it means "pig" in Punjabi, "pointy nose" in southern India, and '"pickpocket" in Japanese.

    181 votes
  • 3
    327 VOTES

    Roger is Slang for Sex and Gas

    In the U.S., the name Roger conjures thoughts of former James Bond, Roger Moore, and cartoon rabbits. Across the pond, however, Roger refers to the thing that rabbits do a great deal of. If that isn't off-putting enough, it also once was slang for the large, toxic, green gas clouds emitted from bleach factories. Yeesh.

    327 votes
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    400 VOTES

    Randy is Sexually Charged Slang

    Like many in the United Kingdom, Austin Powers was fond of this term to describe his very, very, very strong feelings of, um… love. But frankly, if it weren't for people feeling randy, there probably wouldn't be many Randys!

    400 votes
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    274 VOTES

    The Meaning of Oedipus is Swollen Foot

    Although a child named Oedipus would likely have more.... ahem... issues than just having a wacky name, the fact that it means "swollen foot" might be yet another reason to leave this one to the psychoanalysts.

    274 votes
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    135 VOTES

    Caesar Means Hairy


    Since this name might come from a word that means "head of hair" or hairy, you might be concerned that your cute, little Caesar/Cesar will grow up to be a hairy beast. You may want to counteract the name with the middle name Calvin, which means "bald."

    135 votes