Names with surprisingly dark meanings

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Molly - Molly has been one of America’s most popular names for many years. It comes from a Hebrew term that means “bitter.”

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Melanie - Melanie has its roots in the Greek name Melas, which means “being dark” or “black.”

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Mallory - Mallory has its roots in the Old French word malheure. It has a number of dark meanings, including “unfortunate,” “unlucky,” and “unhappy.”

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Courtney - The name was originally a Norman surname: Courtenay. It comes from “domain of Curtenus” from the Latin curtus, which means “broken.” 

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Claudia - Claudia derives from Latin and ancient Roman languages, and it can be translated as “lame” or “enclosure.”

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Portia - Portia comes from the Latin porcus and it translates to “pig” or “hog.” Porcia is the feminine name of Porciusan, an ancient Roman clan that dealt with hogs.

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Jacob - Jacob is a Biblical name. In ancient Hebrew, it was used to make reference to a “supplanter” or “overreacher,” but it also meant "to follow, be behind."

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Rue - The English name Rue can be traced back to Greek and it means “herb” or “regret.”

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Calvin - Calvin derives from the Latin word calvus, which translates to “bald” or “hairless.”

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Blake - Blake derives from the Old English blæc, which means both “white” and "pale." Strangely enough, it can also mean “dark” or “black.”

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Belinda - The roots of Belinda can be traced back to Babylonian mythology. It means “pretty one,” but also “beautiful snake.”

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Brody (or Brodie) - The name derives from a Scottish clan that produced whisky. The name translates to “ditch” or “muddy place.”

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Adrienne - Adrienne is the French female version of the Latin Hadrianus, or Adrian; a name used to describe a man from a city called Hadria. Adrienne also means “dark.”

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