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Considering this is sometimes used as an insult meaning "moron", it's probably not wise to give a child this name.
-- Anonymous User  6/14/2006
The original Hebrew pronunciation is nim-ROHD.

Also, it's not considered an insult anywhere outside the US (as far as I know) - definitely not in Israel.
-- noae  9/13/2006
Nimrod in Hebrew means 'We will rebel'.
-- Anonymous User  11/26/2006
Your kid won't care that this was the name of the great-grandson of whoever. They'll care that their name is Nimrod.
-- Anonymous User  3/18/2007
Nimrod is the name of a character in Clive Barker's book Weaveworld. He was one of the first six to wake from the Fugue after Cal tore a piece off. At that time, he had taken the form of a small child. (It's a great book.)
-- Anonymous User  5/5/2007
"Nimrod" is the name of a Greenday album. I was unaware it was also someone's name long ago. Haha.
-- rubberduckiiz2  5/3/2008
Don't name your kid this, because (at least in America) it is another word for "idiot".
-- number1212  12/4/2008
One of the definitions listed in the dictionary is "A person regarded as silly, foolish, or stupid". This is what first popped into my head when I saw the name (and was the only reason I even clicked on the link - pure surprise that it was an actual name!)

I'd be interested in finding out where the slang of Nimrod got it's start and if it has any link to the name.

But, either way, this is not a name that I would recommend a parent use in the USA - as far as I know, everybody here knows what the slang Nimrod means, while only some know the story.
-- Nyx  2/27/2009
In the USA, Nimrod is slang for idiot.
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2010
For those who keep saying that this is a slang term for an idiot in the U.S., this must be an archaic term or regional because I have never heard this type of usage.

From the U.S.A.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2013
From wikipedia:

In 15th-century English, "Nimrod" had come to mean "tyrant". Coined in 20th-century American English, the term is now commonly used to mean "dimwitted or stupid fellow", a usage first recorded in 1932 and popularized by the cartoon character Bugs Bunny, who sarcastically refers to the hunter Elmer Fudd as "Nimrod", [26][27] possibly as an ironic connection between "mighty hunter" and "poor little Nimrod", i.e. Fudd

So I suppose this is true. But I grew up in the Chicago area and I never heard this usage applied. When I hear the name, I think of the Biblical character and I am not a huge Bible reader... weird.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2013
I don't like this being used as a name at all because of it's negative slang meaning that I hear being used on TV and in movies. I'm from the UK and it's not just people in the US who know it's an insult, many people in the UK actually know it's an insult and what it means too.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  8/7/2014

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