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09th Jul 2023

Common baby names that mean something hilariously different in other languages

When it comes to picking a name for your new baby, so many factors come into play.

Trying to choose something unique can be difficult and we often avoid names of people we know, dislike, or that can be easily twisted into another funny or embarrassing word.

But have you ever thought about what your child’s name means in other countries – safe to say, probably not.

We had a look into the meaning of some names commonly used in Ireland, and their translations in other languages are down right hilarious.


The name Chloe – with the nickname Chlo – is very commonly chosen by parents in Ireland. It’s an adorable and feminine name of Greek origin, meaning “blooming”.

Despite the name’s popularity, it’s not had the same acclaim in Germany – but there is quite a good reason for this.

It seems the name Chloe is very similar to the slang word “klo” which is German for “toilet.”


Nick is another name regularly chosen in Ireland with hundreds of people given the moniker each year.

It is of Greek origin, meaning “victory of the people.”

However, next time you are visiting France, the name may catch a few laughs.

That because it sounds quite a lot like the word “nique” which roughly translates to “f**k”.


Cara is a traditional Irish girl’s name, and it translates to mean “friend.”

The English version of the name comes from an Italian word meaning “beloved,” however, the Arabic translation is not as polite.

“Khara” In Arabic actually translates to “s**t”.


Mark is a common male given name and is related to the Latin word Mars. It means “consecrated to the god Mars”, and also may mean “God of war” or “to be warlike”.

Despite its manly origin in English and Latin, in Norway it is not the same story.

This is because “mark” is the Norwegian word for “worm,” which is obviously not great. Imagine screaming “come here worm” while at the park in Norway… you’re bound to get a few stares.


The name Bill is primarily a male name of English origin that means ‘With Gilded Helmet’.

However, in the Netherlands, “bil” translates to “buttock.”



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