I haven’t gone searching for bad baby name definitions lately, but I did happen to find one randomly via Pinterest the other day.
The pin claimed that Declan meant “man of prayer.”
The problem? Declan does not mean “man of prayer.”
Like many baby names, Declan has no known meaning. We know it’s derived from the name Deaglán, but that’s about it.
It’s one of the many old Celtic names that have survived to this day thanks to an association with a religious figure. In this case, the religious figure is a 5th-century bishop named Declán of Ardmore.
While Declán of Ardmore may indeed have been a “man of prayer,” this description has nothing to do with the long lost definition of his name.
Strangely, this is the second bad Declan definition we’ve talked about. The BabyNames.com people continue to claim that Declan means “full of goodness.” Another big fat nope.
If you spot any other bad baby name definitions, please send them my way!