We’re naming experts – what the most popular names really mean and why Oliver might not have the connotations you think | The Sun

GETTING the right name for your baby is a big decision – let's face it, they'll be stuck with it for life.

Most parents agonise over the choice running through lists of names trying to find the ideal one.

Then they need to check the meaning, just to make sure it's not something weird that they will be attributing to their bundle of joy.

The problem is, not all sites know the full and original meaning to names, so you may think your cute baby's name means one thing, when really it means something else entirely.

Lets take popular boy's name Oliver for example, many people would say it's from olivier the French word for olive tree.

But in fact the experts at nameberry.com explained that it's something very different.

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They said: "Chances are it actually derives from an Old German name such as Alfihar, meaning 'elf army' — with the olive tree association purposefully reinforced to connect the name to an olive branch as a symbol of peace."

So did you know that Olivers could actually be named after legions of Santa's little helpers? No us neither.

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Another name that you may want to think twice about is Anthony.

Originally the name came from the Latin name Antonius – that some people think means priceless but it could also just be the place name Antium (near Rome).

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But people didn't enjoy this definition so back in the day they inserted the "h" so it could be connected with the Greek word anthos, which means flower.

What about the name Simon? That's nice enough right?

Well plenty think it comes from the Hebrew name Simeon which means "he has heard".

But instead the experts explained it: "was probably written as Simon in the New Testament under the influence of its Greek homonym Simon, meaning 'flat-nosed'."

It's not just the fellas' names coming off badly though.

The name Beatrice is thought to come from the Latin name Beatrix which means “one who causes happiness”.

But it actually dates back to the fourth century saint Viatrix, which means voyager.

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And even the name Rose, which should have such obvious connotations, isn't what you'd think.

While most parents use it because of the pretty, sweet smelling flower, it is also a derivative of the medieval Norman name Rohese, meaning “horse”. 

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