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Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« on: December 19, 2017, 01:53:02 AM »
We are hoping to have our daughter baptised soon (probably within the next month). I need some help choosing a name for her. None of her birth names are the names of saints. Also, neither of us really have any traditional Orthodox ethnic heritage to draw upon to look at that way (unless someone can point us to pre-schism Spanish, French, or Scottish saints?) Her given name is a blessing for a long and happy life. I'm considering something after St. John to that effect, but what forms of that name are recognized as female in Orthodoxy? What are other ideas?
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2017, 04:07:15 AM »
As far as I know, Jane is a form of John.  :)
Is any of the above Orthodox?  I have no clue, so there's that.

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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2017, 05:37:52 AM »
Much of the Western names has some Orthodox equivalent. In case you feel comfortable sharing the given name we could perhaps help you pinpoint it.

Either that or you could just check the Church calendar on your daughter's birthday or the baptismal date.
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2017, 05:58:20 AM »
What’s your daughter’s birth name?
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2017, 11:20:56 AM »
John is a name with a lot of feminine flexibility including names sounding as diverse as Hanna, Jane, Ivana, Ivanka, Jeanette, Johanna, and Sinead

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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2017, 12:42:48 PM »
John is a name with a lot of feminine flexibility including names sounding as diverse as Hanna, Jane, Ivana, Ivanka, Jeanette, Johanna, and Sinead

Jeanne, Jeanette, Joan, Shawna.
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2017, 01:31:24 PM »
John is a name with a lot of feminine flexibility including names sounding as diverse as Hanna, Jane, Ivana, Ivanka, Jeanette, Johanna, and Sinead

Jeanne, Jeanette, Joan, Shawna.

Yeah, like most common Biblical names it's pretty massive and diverse.    Off the top of my head,  I'm not sure there is an Arabic feminine version.   Jeanette is used,  but that is more due to later French influence
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2017, 01:41:05 PM »
John is a name with a lot of feminine flexibility including names sounding as diverse as Hanna, Jane, Ivana, Ivanka, Jeanette, Johanna, and Sinead

Jeanne, Jeanette, Joan, Shawna.

Yeah, like most common Biblical names it's pretty massive and diverse.    Off the top of my head,  I'm not sure there is an Arabic feminine version.   Jeanette is used,  but that is more due to later French influence

Apparently it's 'Jawanana' (جوانا)
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2017, 01:48:32 PM »
John is a name with a lot of feminine flexibility including names sounding as diverse as Hanna, Jane, Ivana, Ivanka, Jeanette, Johanna, and Sinead

Jeanne, Jeanette, Joan, Shawna.

Yeah, like most common Biblical names it's pretty massive and diverse.    Off the top of my head,  I'm not sure there is an Arabic feminine version.   Jeanette is used,  but that is more due to later French influence

Apparently it's 'Jawanana' (جوانا)

Cool beans,  never heard it.   I'm used to hearing  the name Jeanette.  What's the Greek,  and is it common?

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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2017, 01:51:20 PM »
John is a name with a lot of feminine flexibility including names sounding as diverse as Hanna, Jane, Ivana, Ivanka, Jeanette, Johanna, and Sinead

Jeanne, Jeanette, Joan, Shawna.

Yeah, like most common Biblical names it's pretty massive and diverse.    Off the top of my head,  I'm not sure there is an Arabic feminine version.   Jeanette is used,  but that is more due to later French influence

Apparently it's 'Jawanana' (جوانا)

Cool beans,  never heard it.   I'm used to hearing  the name Jeanette.  What's the Greek,  and is it common?

Ιωάννα, and although not quite as dime-a-dozen as the male counterpart, it's still extremely common.
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2018, 01:21:55 AM »
Much of the Western names has some Orthodox equivalent. In case you feel comfortable sharing the given name we could perhaps help you pinpoint it.

Either that or you could just check the Church calendar on your daughter's birthday or the baptismal date.

Thanks, I can't give out her name publicly; it's not an English or western name and probably too distinct. Starts with the letter 'K' though if that helps.
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2018, 02:24:30 PM »
Well I think half of my country ladies are called MAry. And when you choose name have ready the prayer to the Saint and to God to follow her across her life and protect and lead her to salvation and for your daughter to be saved and to lead your daughter to good things.
And of course ask God and her protector Saint for a great marriage for your daughter when the time will came out , great family life when time will be up and salvation with entire relatives and great career with entire relatives and for your daughter and all her erelatives to be happy across her entire life . Its not tooo early to pray for future as God and Saints do not forget.And the prayers keep adding and adding to great results. And you and your daughter will be happy. Some mothers pray for salvation of their children even before they are born.





The name she get at baptism will be her real name, the other names will have no relevance. Also it is recommended one name in my country. I have no clue why.
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2018, 04:09:55 PM »
Check the daily Menaion (many online versions available) for her birth date or Baptismal date....there may be a suitabley named  Saint Commemorated that day.
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2018, 06:35:03 PM »
Thanks, I can't give out her name publicly; it's not an English or western name and probably too distinct. Starts with the letter 'K' though if that helps.
Maybe there can be a meaning equivalent, however, so if there's a known meaning for her name, you could give it and we might look for a saint with a similar meaning, we'd never guess the actual name. A friend of mine officially called Domingos seriously considered picking up St. Cyriacus as his baptismal name. Both mean "of the Lord", but the first in Portuguese through Latin, the latter in Greek (for some reason a popular name among Kerala Christians in its forms Kuriakose and Kurien). I think he's now into St. Nicholas II, but he's still a catechumen.
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2018, 08:05:56 PM »
Thanks, I can't give out her name publicly; it's not an English or western name and probably too distinct. Starts with the letter 'K' though if that helps.
Maybe there can be a meaning equivalent, however, so if there's a known meaning for her name, you could give it and we might look for a saint with a similar meaning, we'd never guess the actual name. A friend of mine officially called Domingos seriously considered picking up St. Cyriacus as his baptismal name. Both mean "of the Lord", but the first in Portuguese through Latin, the latter in Greek (for some reason a popular name among Kerala Christians in its forms Kuriakose and Kurien). I think he's now into St. Nicholas II, but he's still a catechumen.

Surely there's an Orthodox St. Dominikos somewhere who would be more fitting.
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2018, 08:10:44 PM »
John is a name with a lot of feminine flexibility including names sounding as diverse as Hanna, Jane, Ivana, Ivanka, Jeanette, Johanna, and Sinead

St. Joanna the Myrrhbearer comes to mind.
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2018, 09:33:27 PM »
Maybe there can be a meaning equivalent, however, so if there's a known meaning for her name, you could give it and we might look for a saint with a similar meaning, we'd never guess the actual name.

Her name is a blessing for a long and happy life.
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2018, 09:54:49 PM »
Whats important is that she is being baptized.  She is blessed to have parents like you.

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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2018, 10:53:26 PM »
Maybe there can be a meaning equivalent, however, so if there's a known meaning for her name, you could give it and we might look for a saint with a similar meaning, we'd never guess the actual name.

Her name is a blessing for a long and happy life.
Oh, that's specific. :P I can think of St. Felicity (happiness).
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2018, 11:55:56 PM »
Oh, that's specific. :P I can think of St. Felicity (happiness).

Lol! But that's the literal translation of her name in English; "A blessing for a long and happy life".
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Re: Can you help me pick a baptismal name?
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2018, 01:36:37 AM »
Oh, that's specific. :P I can think of St. Felicity (happiness).

Lol! But that's the literal translation of her name in English; "A blessing for a long and happy life".

Well then why not ZoidbergSt. Felicitas?
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