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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #180 on: May 16, 2016, 03:04:48 PM »
If you have children, what are there names? How and why did you choose those names?

For those who don't have children and are planning to: What Orthodox names would you give your children, how would you pick them, and why?

Those who don't have children or are planning not to have any, you may also put down names you want that you like with an explanation. I just want to see how people choose the names: because they're nice sounding? the life of a saint is outstanding and therefore the name is given to your child? or is in remembrance of a resposed family member? etc...

Also, would you prefer names from the Old Testament, New Testament, or after? Explain.

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I was thinking about name Ioan.

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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #181 on: May 16, 2016, 06:01:54 PM »
My ex and I had in mind Seraphim or Paulo (Paul) for boys and Olga or Anastácia (Anastasia) for girls.
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #182 on: May 16, 2016, 06:20:44 PM »
We named our son Duncan. If we'd had a girl, she would have been Catherine.
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #183 on: May 16, 2016, 06:25:09 PM »
I will name our son Barsanuphius 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia Johnson.

If a girl, Ethelburga 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia Salzburg.
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #184 on: May 16, 2016, 06:40:30 PM »
I will name our son Barsanuphius 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia Johnson.

If a girl, Ethelburga 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia Salzburg.
I LOL'd pretty hard.  ;D  Happily in my case though, Anastácia and Olga turn out to be kinda widespread names, and Seraphim would at worst make a baby sound like a 90yro, so I can choose my exotic-named saints if I turn out to have children.
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #185 on: May 19, 2016, 07:36:01 PM »
Converts:

Girl- Bridget or 4+ syllable greek name
Boy- Seraphim or name ending in -an -in -en or -us/os

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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #186 on: May 19, 2016, 07:52:06 PM »
My great-great-grandpa was Seraphim. Or great-grandpa, I should check the family tree. There's a famous national politician called Serafim, too. It's a beautiful name, nice meaning, mellifluous, associated to great saints...

One would need a lot of excentricity to call their son Paphnutius or Metrophanes, though.

I love Arab Christian names, but my son would hate me for naming him Boulos or something.
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #187 on: May 20, 2016, 01:37:06 AM »
May daughter's name is Callista Kiarastella Filothei means The fairest shining star who loved by God
Her baptist name is Kiara, taken from St. Kiaran of Clonmacnoise because she was born in september 9.

Now, I'm expecting the second and third children through IVF program.
If the unborn baby are boys, they would be named Sytilianos Vito / Stylianos Tobias
If they are baby girls, they would be named Styliana Vita / Styliana Talitha

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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #188 on: May 25, 2016, 11:46:57 AM »
10 years ago, when I was a tarot-reader/practicing pagan, I named my son Milo Constantine, for some reason I could never figure out.  (Although Milo was the cat from Milo and Otis.  If only there was a saint that liked cats...we have 5).

We just became catechumens and now the name makes sense.

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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #189 on: May 25, 2016, 11:53:20 AM »
This article is relevant to this topic.

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/76561.htm


I particularly liked this part:

 Fr. Alexander Berezovsky: An expanded calendar of saints will soon be released here [in Russia] with names that belong to ancient saints who lived before the Great Schism, and possibly names from Local Churches.

Fr. Dimitry: Yes, there will be an expanded list of names, but we still won’t find in it Tara or Dragan, which means simply “dear”—this is a very common name in Serbia. Or Milos, or Vesna, or Snezhana—a perfectly Slavic name, but there is no saint with the name Snezhana; she could be given the name Svetlana at Baptism and have two names. This question does not even need to be asked, never mind answered, because there is no problem whatsoever. You could name someone “Chair” and baptize him that way, and it will still be a perfectly valid Baptism.



People 'fuss' too much over this sometimes and end up with funny (for the culture they live in) names
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #190 on: May 25, 2016, 11:55:19 AM »
10 years ago, when I was a tarot-reader/practicing pagan, I named my son Milo Constantine, for some reason I could never figure out.  (Although Milo was the cat from Milo and Otis.  If only there was a saint that liked cats...we have 5).

We just became catechumens and now the name makes sense.
St. Milo the Hermit. Nice name.
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #191 on: May 25, 2016, 12:39:55 PM »
Answering the OP, I have a boy named Khalil. It was the name of my great-great-grandfather, so we named the boy after him.
I think it's a good idea to name children after some elder in the family.
Also, it would be a good idea to give the child the name of the saint of the day he was born, or a saint that the parents have some preference.
Names that mean something are also a good deal. I thought about "Bosco" because it comes from latin "boscus"[1] which refer to the idea of wood. It's also a named close to the portuguese word "bosque" which is a forestal formation with trees, bushes and so forth.
For a girl the name "Catarina" has always seemed nice. The name comes from greek "katharos" which means "pure" [2]. It's also the name of several saints[3][4]. In the same way, I also thought of "Bianca" which would be the italian word for "white".

1 - http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=boscus

2 - http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Catherine&allowed_in_frame=0

3 - https://orthodoxwiki.org/Catherine_of_Alexandria

4 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_of_Siena
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #192 on: May 25, 2016, 12:43:56 PM »
Well except for the fact that Catherine of Siena isn't an Orthodox Saint...so stick with Alexandria
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #193 on: May 25, 2016, 11:14:30 PM »
10 years ago, when I was a tarot-reader/practicing pagan, I named my son Milo Constantine, for some reason I could never figure out.  (Although Milo was the cat from Milo and Otis.  If only there was a saint that liked cats...we have 5).

We just became catechumens and now the name makes sense.
St. Milo the Hermit. Nice name.

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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #194 on: May 26, 2016, 11:43:41 AM »
Well except for the fact that Catherine of Siena isn't an Orthodox Saint...so stick with Alexandria

I know.
I got this thing with her because I studied in a school that had her name.
Besides, that painting of her is awesome, is it not?
Not to mention, it's no illicit to admire some person's life just because they're not orthodox. We do not hold veneration for them, though, not the veneration we hold for our saints at least.
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #195 on: May 26, 2016, 04:32:16 PM »
This article is relevant to this topic.

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/76561.htm


I particularly liked this part:

 Fr. Alexander Berezovsky: An expanded calendar of saints will soon be released here [in Russia] with names that belong to ancient saints who lived before the Great Schism, and possibly names from Local Churches.

Fr. Dimitry: Yes, there will be an expanded list of names, but we still won’t find in it Tara or Dragan, which means simply “dear”—this is a very common name in Serbia. Or Milos, or Vesna, or Snezhana—a perfectly Slavic name, but there is no saint with the name Snezhana; she could be given the name Svetlana at Baptism and have two names. This question does not even need to be asked, never mind answered, because there is no problem whatsoever. You could name someone “Chair” and baptize him that way, and it will still be a perfectly valid Baptism.



People 'fuss' too much over this sometimes and end up with funny (for the culture they live in) names

I like:

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This is what bishops are for. As we say in the army, “If you can’t do it we’ll teach you, if you don’t want to do it we’ll make you,” and that will be proper.

The only way to start sanctifying "non-Orthodox" names is by baptizing without freaking out over matching names to saints.  If someone has an attachment to a saint, pray to him and be done with it.
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #196 on: July 22, 2016, 12:59:45 AM »
Past family names.

On the French side, there was Lussier, which was then misspelled Lucier, which then became the somewhat unfortunate middle name of "Lucifer". 

So maybe not always. 

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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #197 on: July 22, 2016, 01:24:50 AM »
I am not really being serious, but I have always chuckled when I read the names of two saints on the Orthodox Calendar:

1.  St. Paphnutius the Mountain-Spinach Eater
2.  St. Mark the Grave Digger

Imagine having a son and naming him Paffy Spinach Eater!

Or horror of horrors, imagine starting an Orthodox Home for the Elderly, but naming it, "St. Mark the Grave Digger Orthodox Home for the Aged and Infirm."  LOL

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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #198 on: July 22, 2016, 01:52:19 AM »
LOL!!!


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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #199 on: July 22, 2016, 06:54:18 AM »
I like Victoria or Tatiana for a girl, Robert or Alexander for a boy.
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