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Candida is the name of a play (and a character in the play) by George Bernad Shaw. One of the members of the britpop band Pulp is also a Candida.
-- Anonymous User  12/14/2005
The only thing I think of when I hear "Candida" is that it's a name for a yeast infection.
-- Anonymous User  12/30/2005
Candida Albicans... Feel so sorry for all Candidas. Not really good name for a woman!
-- Anonymous User  1/25/2006
The word for "shiny white" in Latin is candidus (masculine) and candida (feminine). That is why the yeast got the name. Not from Candida the name but from candida the (absence of) colour.

Candidates for election in Rome used to wear the whitest clothing possible, to mirror their purity of heart, freedom from corruption, general worthiness etc - which is where the word 'candidate' also comes from.
-- Anneza  4/19/2007
The fact that it means "yeast infection" makes this name look disgusting. Without that, it's just an ugly name that can be shortened to the dumb nickname Candy.
-- bananarama  10/8/2008
As a doctor, I feel the need to inform any prospective parent considering use of this name that Candida is a common medical term, short for "Candida Albicans", aka "thrush", aka "yeast infection". Need I be more specific?
-- Anonymous User  12/6/2008
That this is a medical term for "yeast infection", that fact alone should discourage most prospective parents from giving this to their daughters. Can you imagine the teasing that the poor girl would get in high school?!
-- gaelruadh19  2/14/2009
I agree with others that the fact that Candida means a type of yeast or fungus renders this name unusable, but I'd like to add my opinion that it's a darn shame. Because aside from that, Candida is a beautiful name.
-- queenv  5/21/2009
Since this is the name used for yeast infections, you might as well call your little daughter "Yeasty".

"Hi, I'm Ellen Schaeffer and this is my daughter, Yeasty."

See what I mean?
-- gaelruadh19  7/10/2009
About the "yeast infection" problem - I'm guessing that very few teenagers and absolutely no younger children would actually KNOW that Candida Albicans is the medical term for a yeast infection, so school teasing on that score wouldn't really be a problem. Actually, most adults probably don't know about the yeast thing either, so it wouldn't really be an issue unless she worked in the health care field. My problem with the name Candida is not the yeast issue, but the fact that the only real nickname for it is "Candi", which is the grandmother of all stripper names.
-- elizabeth hamlet  6/6/2011
Candida is actually not very common as an English given name. However, it is fairly common as a Spanish given name, where it is written Cándida. [noted -ed]
-- bananarama  4/14/2012
Candida Höfer (b. 1944) is a German photographer.
-- Caprice  10/7/2012
The French unisex form, Candide, is borne by the male protagonist of the book "Candide" (1759) by Voltaire.
-- overtheclouds  12/28/2012
This name briefly entered the US Top 1000 in 1971 because of the popular song "Candida" by Tony Orlando and Dawn, which was released in July 1970.
-- Anonymous User  2/19/2013
It's a real shame Candida is a name of a genus of yeasts. =( I like the nickname 'Candy'.
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2014
May as well name your child, 'Canada'.
-- ThatMazerunnerfan  9/6/2014
My name is Candida. I am glad that I don't have a common name where I had to add my initial at the end... ex: there were two or three Kevins or Stevens or Tara's. So you would have to say Kevin S or Kevin B or Tara R. I don't want a nickname of Candy but I would rather use my given name and not be ashamed. To those who associate it to a yeast infection instead of seeing it as a unique and uncommon name that is very sad.
-- Prize72  11/19/2015
My name is Candida. I love it because it is as unique as I am. Yes it's a yeast infection but its also a diet and pornstar. I was named after the song Candida by Tony Orlando and Dawn in 1972. News flash... I'm not a copy, therefore my name is unique. To the ones being ugly... sadly you're just basic... I'm not.
-- CandyBar  10/25/2016
Being that my parents named me this name, and my nickname is Candy or Candi, I think many people are ignorant of its history and meaning. I have had numerous doctors, (all males) inform me of the meaning, along with the fact that it means white, without color, pure, candid, such as the candidates who are running for president in this election, I think not! I know many people named Candida, and they are very pleasant, friendly, and beautiful. In fact they are amazing in many respects. Saints have been named Candida. All I can say is that I feel sorry for anyone who thinks less of a person with this name, because we are all awesome people. In Portugal, this name is revered as beautiful and pure. So if you think otherwise, get a life and clean it up. Be more respectful and courteous. If you knew me you might be impressed by my accomplishments and kindness to others. Be a better person.
-- Candidate1  11/3/2016

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