Company Charging to Decode Your Baby's Name

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Today Translations will tell you what your baby's name means in 100 languages - for a price. Credit: BalaGopalanA, Flickr

Today Translations will tell you what your baby's name means in 100 languages - for a price. Credit: BalaGopalanA, Flickr

Worried about what your little one's name means in other languages? A London company called Today Translations is charging to decode your baby names.

As an example, the company's chief executive Jurga Zilinskiene points to Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes offspring Suri, according to the New York Daily News. In Greek, the name means "farmer" or "earth worker." But in French, it means "turned sour." And in Farsi? "Red" or "fire." And how about in Italian? That would be "horse mackerels." (We didn't know what that meant, either, so we looked it up and it's a type of fish.)

Today Translations will look up your choice of name in 100 languages, what they call a "name translation audit," according to the News. The cost? 1,000 pounds, or about $1,700. Zilinskiene told the paper that this is not just for celebrities -- "the service will also appeal to ordinary folks who want their child's name to stand out."



Today Translations did not say what "Jurga" means in any language, but perhaps it means huckster. While it can be fun to learn what your child's name means in other languages, the price seems a bit steep. As for having a name that "stands out," consider what a wacky name did for Moon Unit and Audio Science.

Would you use a service like this one? Or is it just a waste of money?

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