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Can someone help me find the meaning of a Greek name?

I have a friend who wants to use the name Doula. I explained to her what the word "doula" means as it is currently used--someone who assists a mom-to-be in childbirth--and she says she knows what a doula is but she likes the name because of what it means in Greek. I looked on baby name sites and can't find it anywhere. I fear she will regret using the name.


Asked by Ballad at 1:04 PM on May. 25, 2013 in Baby Names

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  • Didn't Luke's sister & her husband (T.J.?) from Gilmore Girls name their baby girl Doula? (Because they had a doula for the birth and TJ thought the name sounded totally cool.)

    I think "doula" as modern name for the support person for the birthing mother relates directly to the roots of the word, because it's a woman helping/serving a woman.


    Answer by girlwithC at 10:31 AM on May. 26, 2013

  • Wikipedia says it originated from Ancient Greek for "female slave"... your friend better look into that a lot more.

    Answer by anestheticsex at 1:06 PM on May. 25, 2013

  • Google. Bing, Ask.

    Answer by louise2 at 1:08 PM on May. 25, 2013

  • Everything I have seen says it originally meant "woman-cargiver, servant or slave". If she is finding another meaning it is highly obscure and not what people are going to associate the name with.

    Answer by kmath at 1:10 PM on May. 25, 2013

  • from the Greek word for 'woman servant'

    Answer by Crafty26 at 1:10 PM on May. 25, 2013

  • Wow,that's not a good idea at all

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:29 PM on May. 25, 2013

  • WOW- good looking out! Not a great meaning at all!!

    Answer by staciandababy at 1:30 PM on May. 25, 2013

  • Maybe she means "Toula" like the chick from My Big Fat Greek Wedding?

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 6:06 PM on May. 25, 2013

  • I'll let her know, but in the end, the fateful decision is hers.

    Comment by Ballad (original poster) at 2:12 PM on May. 25, 2013