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Would you plunk down this much money for this?

Suri Cruise

Want to make sure your baby name isn't offensive in another language? Today Translations, a London-based translation firm, will check the meaning of your baby name in all languages to avoid causing your child future embarrassment abroad.

But it ain't cheap. It costs 1,000 pounds ($1,678). Gulp.

Some celeb parents would have been wise to use their service, says the translation firm. The company says Tom and Katie's daughter Suri's name means "pickpocket" in Japanese, "turned sour" in French, and "horse mackerels" in Italian. Gwen Stefani's son Zuma's name means "Lord frowns in anger" in the Aztec language of Nahuatl.

"Whereas this may be helpful if you plan to raise your child in another country and/or culture, I'm not sure parents (even celebrities) would spend that kind of money on it to avoid possible embarrassment down the line if their child HAPPENS to visit an African village that may speak Yoruba," baby names expert Jennifer Moss, founder of, says. "If someone told me Jennifer meant 'turned sour' in French, I would laugh and go along my merry way. If it meant 'kill all kittens' in Japanese, I may just go by my middle name when visiting Tokyo. Is this really a $1,678 deal-breaker for a name?"

What do you think ... good investment or colossal waste of money?

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14 comments so far | Post a comment now
Joanne Justis November 18, 2009, 9:43 AM

There is one missing part to this story.

A name that represents different meanings in a culture does not affect the child. The name by itself or a standalone name means whatever it is in that particular culture. When the full name and birthdate are assigned to the birth certificate, then the birth certificate becomes the blueprint revealing the personal characteristics of the child as a result of the name and development that the birthdate reveals.

The naming convention or what the name calculates to be is what is most important, not the name that it means in any culture as a standalone name.

Joanne Justis
Authority on Chaldean Numerology
Baby Naming Expert

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