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Beware of Bad Baby Name Definitions

Many baby name websites feature well-researched, reliable information. Many others, though, do not. Those in the latter group tend to offer definitions that are short, vague, and often inaccurate. For example, here are some not-so-great definitions I've seen online recently:

...So how can you be sure you really know what your favorite names mean? By employing these three tips:

Dig deep. Never settle for a two- or three-word definition. Try to trace each name back to its origin and research how it evolved over time.

Consult many sources, both online and off. You may even want to verify certain facts using non-name-related references, such as multi-language dictionaries.

Be critical of everything you read, as even reliable sources can sometimes be incorrect. For each definition, ask yourself questions like: "Does this make sense?" and "Is this giving me the full picture of the name?"

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