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  1. #16
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    I knew a Mary Catherine whose parents were encouraging her to become a nun.

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    Thank you all, lots of good suggestions for me to look over!

    Quote Originally Posted by tk. View Post
    It really depends upon the denomination (if Protestant), location, and class. The names of the children of an upper-crust Presbyterian couple will vary greatly from those of a lower middle class Southern Baptist. In my experience. Which is vast
    This is very true, but I still haven't made a decision about those factors yet haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by catloverd View Post
    Also, my family is strongly Catholic and my name is Diana, my sister is Melissa. So just because you're religious doesn't mean you necessarily pick a religious name. I think it's super stereotypical on characters that come from a religious family to have a bible name, since in real life it's not always the case. So your character doesn't necessarily have to have a bible name, it might make it more realistic if she didn't and there might be more of a story behind it. Just my 2 cents.
    In my first post I did mention, I'm specifically looking for something stereotypical In my mind her parents are quintessential stereotypes. The rest of my family are Christians and none of their names are very Christian at all, likewise my brother has a Biblical name but my mum's an atheist, so I definitely get most of the time they have nothing to do with each other.

    Quote Originally Posted by kala_way View Post
    Well, first off I realize that you said you wanted stereotypical Christian names, but then followed it up by saying you're an atheist writing a story about this stereotypically named Christian girl.....so, that doesn't sound so great....doesn't exactly make me want to be super helpful, lol. That's like me saying, "I think I'm gonna write a story mocking atheists, where should I start?"
    I'm not looking to mock Christians at all, most of my family are Christians, I'd just be writing my perspective. I completely disagree that you have to always write what you know, I don't have to believe in the view to be able to write about it. I don't think you stereotypical has to necessarily equal mocking, that seems like a slightly narrow-minded view, no offence meant. I just picture her parents as the kind who would choose a very stereotypical name for their child. If I'd said I was writing about a French family and wanted stereotypical French names, would you'd assume I was going to be mocking France? If you look at how many kids are giving top 10 names, it's easy to see that many, many people go for very obvious choices, it doesn't necessarily make them something to be ridiculed. And the parents I have in mind are not the kind of people who would stray from tradition or the norm.
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    Here in Europe most Old Testament names sound very "Protestant Fundamentalist". I know Abigail, Seth, Levi, and Priscilla are traditional names in English but in other languages they sound very strange in a non-jewish person.

    For Catholics more than classic popular saints names (Mary, Theresa, Anthony, Frances) it's the "marian" names that sound more religious to me, but these aren't really used in English. Immaculata, Dolores, Fatima, Lourdes, Annunziata, Rosario, and using Maria as a second name for boys.
    Arabella, Thibault, Sophia, Alfred, Eleanor, Rémi, Charlotte, Achille, Olivia, Clement, Elizabeth, Frederick, Maud, Benedict, Adèle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kala_way View Post
    All that said I think the name Rosary is sorta cool. I've never heard it but it is rather pretty. Not being Catholic I'm not sure how that would be viewed by Catholics---weird? since it's hung around their necks and rubbed often? But it's pretty anyway.
    Among Catholics naming your kid after "Our Lady of Something" is very common, and Rosary definitely applies (Maria do Rosario / Rosaria are very normal names in latin catholic countries). It's certanly prettier than names like Dores ("pains") and Agonia ("agony") used because the parents were devoted to that aspect if the Virgin Mary.
    Arabella, Thibault, Sophia, Alfred, Eleanor, Rémi, Charlotte, Achille, Olivia, Clement, Elizabeth, Frederick, Maud, Benedict, Adèle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genevie View Post
    I'm not looking to mock Christians at all, most of my family are Christians, I'd just be writing my perspective. I completely disagree that you have to always write what you know, I don't have to believe in the view to be able to write about it. I don't think you stereotypical has to necessarily equal mocking, that seems like a slightly narrow-minded view, no offence meant. I just picture her parents as the kind who would choose a very stereotypical name for their child. If I'd said I was writing about a French family and wanted stereotypical French names, would you'd assume I was going to be mocking France? If you look at how many kids are giving top 10 names, it's easy to see that many, many people go for very obvious choices, it doesn't necessarily make them something to be ridiculed. And the parents I have in mind are not the kind of people who would stray from tradition or the norm.
    I was commenting on how your question appeared based on your presentation. As you can see by the fact that I actually responded to your question, I didn't take it as seriously as your reply suggests. I just wanted you to know how a superficial reading of your question might sound, especially to a Christian.

    Neither did I say that you can only write about what you know, though it's certainly easier. And it's also less likely to cause people to react badly to your depiction of certain people groups. Your French example isn't quite on the mark. More to the point would be a Jewish person asking for stereotypical names of Muslims. They might not be writing anything mocking either, but the stereotype is against them when they ask the question.

    I'm glad you're not looking to mock Christians (or the French! ). I agree that stereotypical doesn't have to mean mocking. Stereotypes exist because they are often true, but following stereotypes closely in a story can often feel like a hammer to the brain.

    On another note, adding "no offense meant" after an offensive statement doesn't make it less offensive, it only makes it seem passive aggressive. Happy Thanksgiving!


    Quote Originally Posted by sugarplumfairy View Post
    Among Catholics naming your kid after "Our Lady of Something" is very common, and Rosary definitely applies (Maria do Rosario / Rosaria are very normal names in latin catholic countries). It's certanly prettier than names like Dores ("pains") and Agonia ("agony") used because the parents were devoted to that aspect if the Virgin Mary.
    Interesting! I actually know a Rosario but I never connected it with rosary! That's awesome. I don't think I could actually ever use the name but I'm putting it on my list anyway because it's so freaking gorgeous.
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