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It’s kinda silly to name your kids Papa as it’s slang for dad.
― Anonymous User  12/31/2018
This would be funny in English, Spanish and French speaking countries since they refer to their fathers as Papa.
kayisforkeen  10/9/2018
This is what children refer to their father's as :)
― Anonymous User  2/14/2016
I apologize for my comment above, as I posted that a year ago and was immature. I still personally don't like this name, but I've come to respect it as a Maōri name and not just the English/Spanish word.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2017
This is not a name. This is what you would call your father or grandfather.
Black_X  5/9/2010
I think it's cute.
kiwi1012  5/8/2010
"Papa" means "Pope" in several languages.
― Anonymous User  2/15/2010
"Papa" is also the code word for the letter "P" in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
FMRadio  3/3/2009
This can also be a last name.
eguo0124  2/19/2009
It's like with the name "Kiefer" which means "jaw" in German. This will probably prevent most Germans from ever using the name Kiefer for their child - but does it mean that the name itself is bad, that it is a don't-use-it!-name? No, it doesn't.
However, "Papa" does mean "dad" in more than just one language, and this makes it - of course - for many people more unusable than, for example, the name Kiefer, as you should also always consider where you live and if your daughter might have trouble with her name growing up in a country where Papa isn't a common first name.
It is, because of everything the name implicates, very difficult for me to look at it objectively in order to say "I like this name" or "I don't find it appealing".
LoQuiero  2/15/2009
This is what I call my maternal grandfather, so I couldn't use it as a name.
bananarama  8/24/2008
I see nothing wrong with the name, but seeing that I call my father "Papa" (and many languages use this as a familiar form of "father"), it seems somewhat odd.
gaelruadh19  2/15/2008
I could never name a child Papa, because I call my grandfather Papa!
Joan-Ay  10/1/2007
Kind of awkward seeing as it means "dad" in many languages and "potato" in Spanish.
writing the world  6/20/2007
Wasn't there a pizza place called Papa John?
7up  3/2/2007
Also in Dutch this name means Dad. I wouldn't call my child Papa.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2006
Papa means dad in French, and being French, I wouldn't name my kid like that. It'll confuse the hell out of my son and husband!
lena88  5/31/2006
The full name for this deity is Papatuanuku, not just Papa. The word 'Papa' is also used to address ones father in Maori, although the sounds of the a's are elongated as with a macron over them. [noted -ed]
Karamea  10/31/2005

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