Mary——含义为“苦”, Claudia——含义为“残疾”, Emily——含义为“竞争”, Calvin——含义为“秃头”, Cameron——含义为“歪鼻子”, Kennedy——含义为“变形的脑袋”
Olivia——含义为“精灵部队”, Ralph——含义为“狼的顾问”, Cassandra——含义为“诱惑男人的女人”（哇！酷！）, Julia——含义为“留着柔软胡子的年轻人”（够奇葩吧？）, Lola——含义为“痛苦的女人”, Connor——含义为“猎犬的情人”
In many cultures and countries, including in China, great importance is placed on the meaning of a name. When considering names for a child the meaning often is more important than the sound. This does not usually seem to be the case, however, in Western cultures. It is difficult to say why in the West we put less emphasis on the meanings of our names, but in the West when people choose names they often find sound, look, and feeling more important factors than meaning.
Sometimes in the West people will choose names of religious characters from the Bible, focusing mostly on the qualities of the individuals rather than the meanings of their names. Even if families aren't Christian or very religious they will gravitate towards Biblical names, because of their feeling and sound. It seems appropriate that a naming culture with little regard for name meanings has some very popular English names with some very bizarre meanings.
Mary means “bitter”, Claudia means “lame or disabled”, Calvin means “bald”, Emily means “rival”, Kennedy means “deformed head”, Cameron means “crooked nose”,.
Olivia means “elf army”, Ralph means “counsel of wolves”, Cassandra means “she who snares men” (wow!), Julia means “downy bearded youth” (what!?), Lola means “woman of sorrows”, Connor means “lover of hounds”
This is a just a handful of examples. This does not mean these names are bad or unfortunate, they are simply good popular names that happen to mean funny things. There are many more good names with weird meanings. And that’s okay! Because in Western culture the meaning of the name is secondary after the sound or feel of the name. That is not to say that meaning is discredited entirely, but it is often seen as a nice addition to a name that sounds or feel right.
For example, my parents named me Alena because they enjoyed the sound and feeling that this name made them experience. Alena means “light” in ancient Greek; though my parents did not name me Alena because they wanted to name me “light”, they also enjoy that Alena has such a nice meaning.
That being said, my middle name is Natalia, which means “born on Christmas Day”. I was born in April so clearly my parents were only interested in the sound of the name rather than the meaning. (Ironically it’s my little sister who was actually born on Christmas day!)
So when thinking about names within a Western cultural paradigm, remember to allow yourself to experience the sound and feeling of a name without focusing too much on the meaning. The meaning is nice to know (or joke about with friends), but it is not the focus. When choosing an English name, enjoy the freedom of the name itself without worrying about what others will think about its meaning.