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$1700 to ensure your name is right

$1700 to ensure your name is right

A firm is offering parents-to-be a chance to check the meaning of names in other languages so that their kids don’t have embarrassing names.

November 21, 2009 8:14 by

A London-based company, Today Translations, is offering parents-to-be the chance to check the meaning of baby names in other languages, so that their kids don’t end up having names with weird meanings, reports Reuters.

The firm gives the example of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes whose daughter’s name  Suri means “pickpocket” in Japanese, “turned sour” in French, and “horse mackerels” in Italian.

But the service doesn’t come cheap; a “basic name translation audit” of names costs $1,678.

The firm says that it expects that the service will attract more celebrity clients, who prefer giving their babies unusual names.

If it means we have to spend $1,700 to find out that our baby’s name means garbage in some remote African language, we don’t care. He or she can be called garbage. It’ll help build his or her character.

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  1. Joanne Justis on November 23, 2009 12:49 am


    Knowing what the name means in different cultures will not matter. What does matter is the final name and birthdate “inked” on a birth certificate. Standalone names have no influence on a child but the name on the birth certificate is where the child’s journey begins. The name reveals the personal characteristics while the birthdate reveals the child’s development.

    What you really need to do is to “test” the baby names prior to assigning one to know what the three “core” characteristics of the name selected will reveal. The naming convention equals the child’s personal characteristics/trails that translate into their behavior patterns.

    This information has been kept a secret except for cultures that use Chaldean Numerology to decipher the code that remains hidden within each name assigned at birth.

    Joanne Justis
    Authority on Chaldean Numerology
    Author & Baby Naming Expert


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