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Rigel could be my favourite male name. I love both English and Croatian pronunciation, yet everything is against this name. Even though it is beautiful to me, I feel repelled by the fact that its meaning is foot. And in Croatian, first three letters are the same as in the word "vomit"... too sad. I love love love it, but even naming a cat this way would be in danger of teasing and misunderstandment.
I have this name, and well...

Straight up, frick this name. Too many people ask about it.
The Danish astronomer Ejnar Hertzsprung (1873-1967) and his Dutch wife Henrietta Kapteyn (1881–1956; daughter of the astronomer Jacobus Kapteyn) named their daughter Rigel (1916–1993). She was their only child and was directly named after the star.

Sources used:
- page 643 of "Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn: Born Investigator of the Heavens" written by Pieter C. Van der Kruit: https://books.google.de/books?id=aqJ3BQAAQBAJ&pg=PA643 (in English)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobus_Kapteyn#Kapteyn's_Family_and_Early_Life (in English)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ejnar_Hertzsprung (in English)
Funny meaning.
My cat's name is Rigel. I didn't name him, but I like it. It means foot which fits since he LOVES feet. He sleeps at my feet, and doesn't really like being petted for very long unless you use your foot. Really, he'll bite your fingers but cuddle your toes.
I think it's a pretty name, but better as a middle name. I don't think there'd be much problem of explaining what the name meant; they could easily say, "I was named after one of the brightest stars in the sky" and it would be the truth.
Ugh, who would name their kid foot? Honestly when someone asks him, What does your name mean, he's going to say foot.
Awesome! But it's something I'd use for a middle name, maybe, or as a name for a pet.

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