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September 15th, 2013 05:32 PM #16
September 15th, 2013 05:32 PM #18
MALE saint Arian , a governor of Thebes, who converted to Christianity after witnessing the martyrdom of Sts. Apollonius and Philemon so Arianne would be quite acceptable as the female version of his name. Come to think about it, there was also a martyr in the 2nd century named St. Ariadne so I wouldn't worry about that name either.All the best,
September 15th, 2013 06:05 PM #20Senior Member
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On the worshipping other gods or idols point, I think it's inoffensive to most Christians on this thread because we view these names as they would literary character names. In fact, Greek myths are often taught in American schools as part of literature classes, so many American Christians may come to view these deities as characters that they like, admire, and/or become fascinated with, so they might want to honor a deity like Athena in that way, just like you mentioned you wanted to honor Samwise Gamgee in your Tolkien thread. Christian theology isn't really taught this way to people of all faiths, so that may be why non-Christians using Jesus might seem odd or offensive to some, while Greek mythology names don't necessarily carry that stigma because they are taught as stories and become familiar to a wide range of people from many different religions.
September 15th, 2013 06:21 PM #22Senior Member
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I think it comes down to your own personal belief on this matter. Not very helpful, but very true. If you feel that naming your child after a Greek God or Goddess somehow goes against your religious beliefs - then don't do it. However, I am not aware of any "rule" saying that Christian people can not name their children with a name that was once used for a Greek God or Goddess. It is similar to naming your child Mara, the meaning of the name is "bitter", does that mean you think your child is bitter? Or you are bitter about you child? No, of course not!
It all goes back to you. If you were actually pregnant, I would say ponder it on your own for a bit. Consult your SO. Talk about your concerns. And then come to a conclusion together. Just because you choose not to name your child Athena, it does not mean you feel it is wrong to do so, it just means you have decided against it for you own child. Since you are not actually pregnant, I would still say ponder it. What would you say if a person came up to you and asked about your child's name? What would you say? What if someone asked you why you chose a name, as you are Christian (though that would be INCREDIBLY rude)? What would your response to that be?
September 15th, 2013 10:35 PM #24~Emily
Annabel, Carlotta, Tamar, Jubilee, Lorelei, Lola, Josie, Alice, Indira, Claire, Liliosa, Vivienne, Ella, Abigail, Ivy
Jameson, Samuel, Archer, Dominic, Barnaby, Paul, Henry, Oliver, Jadon, Isaac, Harrison, Lawson, Ezra, Rhys
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