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  1. #1
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    Is it okay to use the name of a Greek goddess on a Christian girl?

    I am Christian, but I love the names of Greek goddesses for girls. However, I am concerned that it goes against my religious beliefs to ever name a child the name of an unchristian deity. Is it the same as naming a child a secular name with no religious meaning (like Emily or Scarlett) or would it be awkward?

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  2. #3
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    I don't think there is anything wrong with it.

  3. #5
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    I don't think that there's anything wrong with it either. A lot of people don't know the etymology of their names so may date back to the Pagan era yet they don't mind. If you love a name then it shouldn't matter. I'm a Christian and I absolutely love Greek goddess names! Not all of the Biblical names have great meanings either eg Mara meaning bitterness so names have many dimensions so I don't think it matters. X
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    Many names of Greek and Roman mythology also happen to be Christian saint names so I don't think it would be a problem. We have to remember that before their conversions to Christianity, many people were pagans or worshipped gods and goddesses. I would suggest you take a look at the list of saints on the web if you're interested and see if one jumps out at you. Personally, I wouldn't name a child Scarlett just because of the negative associations with the name (scarlet woman, scarlet fever). Emily IS a saint name so that name wouldn't be a problem for any Christian. I like Persephone but since she was the queen of the underworld and the daughter of Zeus, I would hesitate to use it. I guess it's very subjective and it depends on your comfort level. What kind of names do people in your church choose for their children?
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  5. #9
    It's okay in my opinion. Athena is my fave Greek name. I like Penelope a lot too.

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