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Thread: Pagan for a baby name?? Wha?????
May 16th, 2013 02:26 PM #16
Angel Pagan, pronounced pah-GAHN.
"Spanish (Pagán): Castilianized spelling of Catalan Pagà, from the Late Latin personal name Paganus, which originally meant ‘dweller in an outlying village’ (see Paine). Spanish: in some cases it may be a topographic name from Catalan pagà ‘heath’, from Latin pagus ‘district’, ‘outlying village’. Northern English and Scottish: probably from the Latin medieval personal name Paganus, the vernacular form of which was Paine (see Paine)."
So, Pagan very well might not be "Pagan from religion" but "Pagan from a surname".** The opinions expressed above are not meant to be reflective of Nameberry as a whole but are my opinion and mine alone. **
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May 16th, 2013 02:32 PM #18Senior Member
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May 16th, 2013 02:34 PM #20
That's very interesting, @scarletrune.
I too disagree that naming a kid Pagan is equivalent to naming them Christian. At least in the Western countries nearly everyone on nameberry resides in, Christianity was the dominant cultural religion for millennia (hegemonic really till the last century or so). Likewise the given name Christian has longstanding history and use.
Unlike other major world religions, paganism in its multiplicity of modern incarnations doesn't get a lot of respect. It's quite different than a Hindu couple calling their children Krishna or Devi, or Muslims having a Mohammed and an Aisha. Most people who are pagans came to religion as adults, they weren't raised in it, and even though they claim the old folk religions of Europe never died out and there is an unbroken line of succession/practice stretching back to pre-Christian times, there's a pall of suspicion cast over that. I think pagan names therefore get a lot of eye-rolling, especially the name Pagan itself, as it could be seen as more of a defiant counter-cultural statement rather than a heartfelt expression of faith.Blade, MD
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May 16th, 2013 03:02 PM #24
I can't delete a post, so I'll just edit it out. I wish I could make a rainbow and put it here.
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