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Would you avoid naming your child a name with religious connotations?

I don't have children, but there are many times I'm writing a story and I use baby names to help me come up with good names. Sometimes there are names with religious connotations, so I got to thinking... would you avoid them? Do name meanings matter?

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I have four uncles on my dad's side: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, although not in that order. There are enough religious names in my family, thankyouverymuch.


At the time my husband and I became parents, we were practising pagans. We chose the names of pagan deities for our two children. My father and his parents were horrified, and asked why we would do such a thing. "To bring the gods alive" we responded. Naming them after pagan deities occasioned numerous opportunities to have discussions about those names, those deities and their significance, which led into wider discussions of mythologies and religious beliefs in general.


Calling a child Connor doesn't mean that child must love hounds. Calling a child Cassandra doesn't mean she is meant to snare men. Calling a child Cameron doesn't mean they have a crooked nose. Calling a child Portia doesn't mean they are a swine Calling a child Calvin doesn't mean they are blond. And thus... Calling a child Christian doesn't mean they are a christian. Nor calling a child Damien mean they are the devil. smile007.gif

True. My name means, "honey sweet." Ha!

@Donotbelieve Way to disprove my post! smile009.gif

@TheMiddleWay Psh...fine. ((giggle, giggle))


Or pets? A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, "I can see you and Jesus can see you too" He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more, he shook his head and continued. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard 'Jesus is watching you.' Startled, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot. 'Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot. 'Yes', the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to tell you that Jesus is watching you.' The burglar relaxed. 'huh? Who in the world are you?' 'Moses,' replied the bird. 'Moses?' the burglar laughed. 'What kind of idiot would name a bird Moses?' 'The kind of idiot who would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'


It's hard to find one not seeped in religion somewhere


I named my daughter after Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was a God so I guess I would.

Casey07 Level 6 Mar 10, 2018

What about naming a child after family - not necessarily a religious connection there.

jeffy Level 7 Mar 9, 2018

It's funny for me. My oldest son Christopher, was named after a fertility doctor who helped bring Christopher into the world. My second son James, was named after a famous historical figure, so I have two sons: Christopher- Named after Christ James - Brother of Jesus and we had no religious motivation for either name.

BD66 Level 7 Mar 9, 2018

Why not? I really like the name Amos.

That is a nice name.

That made me think of "Amos Moses". (Jerry Reed song from the 70s)


It's a non-issue for me.

IAMGROOT Level 7 Mar 9, 2018

I named mine Lilith cause my folks are to dumb to google lol and I only liked the storm goddess aspect of it more than the rest of the nonsense-


I would pick something out of my ethnic heritage.


Both our children are named a combination of grandparents names selected for the 'yellablity'. They ended up being the realatively biblically significant names of Anna and David for first names. Middle names were a mixed bag. To us the names mean only that we thought of people close to us... and that we couldn't agree on anything else!

Donna_I Level 7 Mar 9, 2018

I chose "other". I did so b/c I might chose to name a child using a religious name not based on the meaning of the name (Abraham, for instance, or Barack) but b/c I liked the person who had that name as a potential role-model or someone the child could look to for inspiration. Or I might choose a name b/c it is gender-neutral, thereby not influencing the child unduly- (thanks, dad!) I haven't fully committed to HOW I would name a child. (That's all theoretical for me, since I made the decision long ago NOT to have any.)


Oh bothers me no end..

Charlene Level 9 Mar 9, 2018

My name's Ian, Scottish for John who 'wrote' a gospel and was a saint, my second name is Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, my third (confirmation name) is Declan, also an Irish saint and the first three letters of my surname spell 'God' There's not point in me making a stand over a religious name! lol

ipdg77 Level 8 Mar 9, 2018

I love the name Declan!! Though there's nothing wrong with Ian or Patrick either. smile009.gif


I don't care about the background but the baby should be happy about the name I kept. Actually im thinking of my parents name to my children unfortunately they are religious names!

Uday Level 2 Mar 9, 2018

Oops. Already done. My excuse is youth and stupidity.


I always thought Matthias was a cool name. I care a little bit about meaning but only when the name is iffy to me anyways. So went with the first option.

Neraven Level 6 Mar 9, 2018

I am named after my father. Our names mean "Messenger of God". We are both non-religious. I think I will follow and pass that name up to my son if I come to have one. I don't mind it being religious.

blago84 Level 5 Mar 9, 2018

We named our son Joseph Allen, after his grandfather, my wife's dad, and Allen is my middle name, has nothing to did with religion.

Clare Level 7 Mar 9, 2018

I would definitely avoid it. One thing is that theists could use it against my child at some point in future.

bingst Level 8 Mar 9, 2018

@silvereyes If you get into a religious argument with them, they can throw it in, using either its meaning or the fact that you even chose it and so "you must have some belief."


Maybe as long as it's not faith smile002.gif


I make my own destiny anyway. My name is Paul, the guy who in the Bible invented Hell, the worst concept that anyone could imagine up. Did one much better, named my Daughter Paloma, meaning White Dove. She is true to her name of love and Peace.


Meh. Yes, a lot of the older, more common names have some times to the bible. Not a big deal to me. Conversely, i'm setting on never having children, so kind of a moot point for me.

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