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« Reply #90 on: February 03, 2008, 04:51:00 PM »
I'm beginning to like Ss. Nikon (Metanoeite) and Sabbas (The Sanctified)

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« Reply #91 on: February 04, 2008, 12:56:34 AM »
Her name is Hope Elizabeth.

And her sister (wow; a two-year old thread!) is Katherine Ruth.  Saints and family names, nothin' new.  Kati is seven months today. http://www.photobucket.com/albums/a389/Bryan_Peter
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« Reply #92 on: February 06, 2008, 01:30:24 PM »
In my family we name the first child from the paternal grandfather, then paternal grandmother, then maternal grandfather, then maternal grandmother, and the father, mother, etc. If the child is of opposite gender, we find a [fe]male equivalent to the name.

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« Reply #93 on: February 06, 2008, 03:12:43 PM »
In my family we name the first child from the paternal grandfather, then paternal grandmother, then maternal grandfather, then maternal grandmother, and the father, mother, etc. If the child is of opposite gender, we find a [fe]male equivalent to the name.

Sounds "Greek" to me!
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« Reply #94 on: February 06, 2008, 04:07:57 PM »
Very! George is the most popular in my family on BOTH sides!

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« Reply #95 on: February 06, 2008, 04:19:46 PM »
Sounds "Greek" to me!

what happens if you have extra kids? Then you take other names? maybe I can adopt that tradition, starting from me, the first Chinese Orthodox Family to adopt Greek naming procedures.

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« Reply #96 on: February 06, 2008, 04:48:36 PM »
How many kids do you want, Foti?
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« Reply #97 on: February 06, 2008, 04:51:53 PM »
How many kids do you want, Foti?

3 maybe 4

Obviously if I marry a Greek Girl, 2 of them will have to named after her parents. I just can't name the kids aftermy parents , Franklin and Fei (Faye)
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« Reply #98 on: February 06, 2008, 05:50:04 PM »
Unless someone here can rationalize a 'Franklin' or a 'Faye' (who knows, it's possible) then you might work on any aunts and uncles names. That's what my family did.
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #99 on: February 06, 2008, 06:07:25 PM »
Well, in my parish I have a Fani, who goes by Faye.

Franklin...well, maybe Photios!
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« Reply #100 on: February 06, 2008, 09:48:25 PM »
Well, in my parish I have a Fani, who goes by Faye.

Franklin...well, maybe Photios!

EXCELLENT! Foti will love that!
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« Reply #101 on: February 06, 2008, 11:10:20 PM »
Well, in my parish I have a Fani, who goes by Faye.

Franklin...well, maybe Photios!

Yeah, Il earned about that tonite when I went to Bible study at the 74th Street Cathedral. Father Frank Marangos had alot of calls today who mistakenly thought that he was Photios. ;)

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« Reply #102 on: February 06, 2008, 11:11:06 PM »

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« Reply #103 on: February 08, 2008, 04:58:28 PM »
And her sister (wow; a two-year old thread!) is Katherine Ruth.  Saints and family names, nothin' new.  Kati is seven months today. http://www.photobucket.com/albums/a389/Bryan_Peter

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« Reply #104 on: February 08, 2008, 10:00:32 PM »
Hey Guys!!


I'm not married and have no kids, but I want the whole package!
I so want a baby girl, and I plan to name her Sophia, after the Hagia Sophia. For baby names, that's as far as I've gotten..though I definitely want more than one kid! One of my kids will probably join all the millions of Michaels out there.
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #105 on: February 13, 2008, 04:39:49 AM »
My first son will be named after my father, Milan. I also like the name Mateja, and Mateja Kezman is an excellent soccer player and devout orthoodox christian. I also like Marija, obviously that answers itself. 3 M's hehe.. Dimitrije is also a nice name, and it is our family saint. Nikola is nice too. Svetlana is also a nice girls name, or Kristina. so basically all serbian names here lol.
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« Reply #106 on: March 27, 2008, 11:21:30 AM »
My daughter's name is Ekaterina Sophia.

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« Reply #107 on: March 27, 2008, 01:35:15 PM »
^ I really like that name. My daughter is named Caitlin, which is the same name as Ekaterina.
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« Reply #108 on: March 28, 2008, 12:54:43 AM »
Ytter, can I ask how long you've been married and how many kiddies you have? :)
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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #109 on: March 28, 2008, 06:07:11 PM »
A baby name has to fulfill many requirements in order to be even considered by this mother:

1) it has to be both international 2) AND traditionally 'Serbian' (as in, used in Serbia - like Marija, Katarina, Nikola, Ana, Marina)

3) It has to have a nice sound to it 4) AND a meaning I like 5) It has to be a saint's name

5) The meaning must be reconcilable with Christianity (e.g. Isidora is a nice-sounding, international, Serbian name, and the name of St. Isidore, BUT it means 'the gift of Isis'. No pagan deities, thank you. :) )

My only child so far is called Ana - it may sound simple enough, but a lot of thought went into it :)

Other girls' names I'd consider are Marija, Marina, Katarina, Hristina, Irina, Ksenija, Teodora, Dorotea

Boys' names I could live with: Nikola, Damjan (and my husband doesn't like Damjan. Hopefully we won't have too many boys ;) )

And I find it heart to reconcile the meaning of 'Nikola' (the victory of the people) with Christianity. It sounds almost Communist to my Communism-oversensitized ears. Help?
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« Reply #110 on: March 28, 2008, 08:20:41 PM »
Ytter, can I ask how long you've been married and how many kiddies you have? :)

Since he's otherwise occupied with dinner, I'll answer for him.   :D  We've been married nearly a year and have one daughter, Caitlin.
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« Reply #111 on: April 20, 2008, 04:23:58 AM »
I have all sorts of plans for names of children, but with no boyfriend at the moment, I think it's all just wishful thinking. However, I think I'd lean toward having the middle name as the saint name. That way, if my husband and I should choose something that the child does not like, he or she doesn't have to have it as a first name. And since a lot of names I have liked in the past were chosen by friends after we talked about the name, I think I will keep my counsel on this subject. :D

As I said, it's all just wishful thinking anyhow. I guess I'll just concentrate on spoiling my goddaughter Caitlin, and the newest baby girl at St. Thomas (just 2 weeks old now!).
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« Reply #112 on: April 20, 2008, 07:37:19 PM »
Since he's otherwise occupied with dinner, I'll answer for him.   :D  We've been married nearly a year and have one daughter, Caitlin.

Great name! Our daughter (13 mo) is Caitlin too!   :)

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« Reply #113 on: April 20, 2008, 11:27:21 PM »
If I can bribe my gf into marrying me, I'd like Sean Michael for a boy, and maybe Fiona Maria for a girl.  I got the "You must be joking" look when I suggested Séamus for a boy and Siobhan (Sha-vahn) for a girl.  I had a few other Gaelic names but I got the same look with those as well.  Oh well, "If mamma ain't happy..." :D
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« Reply #114 on: April 21, 2008, 09:17:58 AM »
^Lol!  I had a friend in college named Shavonne.  I bet she had no idea her name had Celtic roots.  :)

Andrea, welcome to the forum!  Have you found that everyone spells Caitlin differently?  I don't think I've seen the same spelling twice.
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« Reply #115 on: April 21, 2008, 12:59:16 PM »

Andrea, welcome to the forum!  Have you found that everyone spells Caitlin differently?  I don't think I've seen the same spelling twice.

Thank you!

Yes, I have found that...it seems like everyone wants to use a y or two when spelling her name! :) It's interesting how many different spellings there are.

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« Reply #116 on: April 21, 2008, 01:39:40 PM »
K and Y are the popular letters these days, I guess. :P
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« Reply #117 on: April 21, 2008, 02:33:24 PM »
Less common variants in English include Katheryn, Kathryn, Katharyn, Katherin, Catharine, and Cathryn. The form Karen, of Danish origin, is now often considered an English name in its own right. Diminutives include Kate, Kath, Cath, Cate, Kathy, Kathie, Kathi, Katey, Katy, Kay, Kat, Katya, Katyusha, Katie, Kati, Kaki, Kit, Kitty, Katheryne, Kaitie, Kady, Kaity and Cathy.


[edit] Cognates in other languages
Arabic: كاترين‎ (Katrīn)
Bulgarian: Екатерина, Катерина (Ekaterina, Katerina)
Catalan: Caterina
Croatian: Katarina
Czech: Kateřina
Danish: Katarina
Dutch: Katrien, Katrijn
Finnish: Kaarina
French: Catherine
German: Katarine, Katharine, Katrine, Katrin, Katharina
Greek: Αικατερίνη (ancient: Aikaterine, modern: Ekaterini)
Hungarian: Katalin
Irish: Caitríona, Caitrín, Catraoine, Caitlín
Italian: Caterina
Norwegian: Katarina
Polish: Katarzyna
Portuguese: Catarina
Russian: Екатерина, Катерина (Ekaterina, Katerina)
Scottish Gaelic: Catriona, Caitrìona, Catrìona
Serbian: Katarina
Slovak: Katarína
Slovene: Katarina
Spanish: Catalina
Swahili: Katarina
Welsh: Catrin
Hawaiian: Kakalin
Turkish: Katerin

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« Reply #118 on: April 21, 2008, 02:48:41 PM »
^ Ukrainian "Kateryna." We pronounce this "y" like the English-speaking people pronounce "i" in such English words as "ship" or "hip," while Russians pronounce their "i" in "Yekaterina" as "ee," like in "sheep" or "heap."
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« Reply #119 on: April 21, 2008, 11:34:58 PM »
A friend of mine from high school named her second daughter Kady. Back then it was different and original. Her first daughter was named Kris.
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« Reply #120 on: April 22, 2008, 10:29:31 AM »
I still think 'William' is the best name for a boy. Heh.  :D
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« Reply #121 on: April 22, 2008, 01:47:07 PM »
I like Aidan and Cameron for boys.  I'm afraid all my kids will end with the "in" sound so I'm doomed to be one of those parents who calls the kiddos by all their siblings names before I remember the right one.
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« Reply #122 on: April 22, 2008, 03:14:57 PM »
I like Aidan and Cameron for boys.  I'm afraid all my kids will end with the "in" sound so I'm doomed to be one of those parents who calls the kiddos by all their siblings names before I remember the right one.

LOL, we have this problem in our family. Along with Caitlin, one of my boys is Ian, and then my nephews are Austin and Ryan.  They stayed with us for a while and with all the N endings in one house it got so confusing! And should we have another boy, I love the name Brendan.  ;D

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« Reply #123 on: April 22, 2008, 03:18:49 PM »
^ Ah, yes. Ss. Aidan and Brendan are two of the most spiritual men to come out of the British Isles. Worthy patrons indeed. Aidan especially seems to be popular these days; it was our daughter's alternate name. We'll probably use it later if we have a boy.
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« Reply #124 on: April 22, 2008, 04:18:49 PM »
Since we've had another good set of names, I thought I'd inject a few more Greek ones that I'm sure would make the average expectant mother cringe:

Agathonikos
Agathanggelos
Persephone (ok, that one is a joke - many old Greeks use it as a filler name if they don't know the name of a girl - I can't tell you how many times I've been asked "so, how's Persephone?")

And, of course, my favorite suggestion, as mentioned earlier in this thread:

My favorite pain-in-the-rear suggestion to make to expectant mothers: Pahpnoutios. 
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« Reply #125 on: April 22, 2008, 07:32:07 PM »
I like the name Persephone but I don't think I would name one that.  I just know every kid until college would call her "Purse-a-fone."
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« Reply #126 on: April 23, 2008, 08:03:18 AM »
Our kids names are

Joseph Rush: called by Joe. At the time, I was hung up on reusing a parent name. (got over that). So, Rush is a traditional family name for my husband. At this point, a girl would have been Juliet Rebecca. Walter was rooting for Fiona. (pre-shrek)

Nathaniel Alasdair: called by Nathan. This is where Walter really started to express his fondness for Gaelic names. I still would have gone with Juliet though. Interestingly, I was told that the Apostle Nathaniel is also sometimes refered to as Bartholomew. Never checked on that, but always meant to sometime.

Mary Colleen: Called by Mary. This year was tough. I was tired of Juliet, and just didn't like Fiona. (all I could think of is her getting stuck with "Fifi" as a nickname) So, Colleen is what we both liked. Actually, we got the idea from a song called "Colleen Malone"  that he likes. I was REALLY hoping for a girl this time because I just couldn't come up with a boy's name that we both liked.

Duncan James: Called by Duncan. This just popped in my head one night. I offered a bargin with this one. This for a boy, and a girl would of been Anastasia Rose, (which he wasn't crazy about).

Mostly though, they all had to have at least one good, solid, common name from the bible. Keep the picking of a patron saint simple.
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« Reply #127 on: April 23, 2008, 08:31:51 AM »
Cleveland wrote Greek names Agathonikos and Agathanggelos. Russians renamed  ;) them like  Agafoniy and Agafangel but in modern days Russia those names aren't popular  :(
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« Reply #128 on: April 23, 2008, 08:34:09 AM »
Can somebody tell me about the name Fiona. Is it Orthodox name? Because for me it's kind of in association with Shrek.  :o

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« Reply #129 on: April 23, 2008, 10:38:46 AM »
Can somebody tell me about the name Fiona. Is it Orthodox name? Because for me it's kind of in association with Shrek.  :o

I don't know whether it's Orthodox, but I believe it's Celtic. Other female Celtic names, common in the US, are Jennifer ("white"), Brenda, Megan (Magan, Meagan, Meghan), Brigit (Brighit, Brigitte), Sabrina, etc.
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« Reply #130 on: April 23, 2008, 10:40:56 AM »
Cleveland wrote greek names Agathonikos and Agathanggelos. Russians renamed  ;) them like  Agafoniy and Agafangel but in modern days Russia those names aren't popular  :(

Right. In Ukraine, they are almost never used any more, although there was one outstanding scientist (historian and linguist) named Agafanhel Kryms'ky (died in the 1920's).
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« Reply #131 on: April 23, 2008, 10:44:44 AM »
Georgich, spasibo!  :)

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« Reply #132 on: April 23, 2008, 05:18:21 PM »
2 sons:

Eric Anthony 8 yo - I wanted our first son to be named after my parish's patron saint - St. Anthony the Great.  I couldn't get my husband to agree.  He wanted Eric.  Our priest did all the checking and could only find a post-schism Norwegian prince saint.  He had to get the ok of the Archbishop, but he was baptised Anthony and communed as Anthony.  When our new priest arrived he didn't know know his middle name was his baptismal name, has been communing him as Eric.  However, I know my former priest said that we should have a saint's name, but there isn't any rule that says we can't make our given name holy, just like the early Christians did.

Michael Alexander 6 yo - He was named after the Archangel Michael.  When I was 6 months pregnant, I went to vespers for the Feast of the Archangels.  I was feeling sick, tired and very pregnant, and we had not decided on a name yet.  While singing the troparia and kontakia for the feast, I can only say it was God who suddenly put the name Michael into my head.  It just felt like the name I had to have.  Luckily my husband agreed.   Alexander - who knows.  It just sounds good.
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« Reply #133 on: April 23, 2008, 06:30:14 PM »
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Offline Órëlaurëa

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Re: Names for Children
« Reply #134 on: May 03, 2008, 03:58:15 AM »
I like Aidan and Cameron for boys.  I'm afraid all my kids will end with the "in" sound so I'm doomed to be one of those parents who calls the kiddos by all their siblings names before I remember the right one.

I like the name Aidan, but I think it's been spoiled since my ex's sister named her firstborn that. ;) I do like Cameron, and the Brendan that was mentioned by another poster. If my opinion matters, that is. ;)
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