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Thread: Is Carmel too Catholic?
September 25th, 2013 08:06 AM #1
Is Carmel too Catholic?
I really like the sound and the literal meaning (garden) of Carmel. Is it too Catholic for a non-Catholic to use? Nameberry seems to think so but I'd like to hear some more opinions pleaseTwo small people, Mila and Cato.
If I had a baby tomorrow...
Atlas Arthur & Lyra Delphine
September 25th, 2013 08:11 AM #3
I think it's fine. I would be more worried about the candy association, actually. I had to look at Nameberry's description of it to even know why it was considered a Catholic name, so a lot of people wouldn't even make the connection. That's just me, though. I'm not Catholic.
September 25th, 2013 08:12 AM #5Senior Member
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Mount Carmel is also a Biblical place. I'd say the name is associated with the Bible in general (or the candy) rather than any one specific religion.
I know for myself if I heard a little girl called Carmel my first thought would be "sweet like candy" not, "They must be Catholic." (And I'm religious)
Rebecca, Sarah, Jacob and others are Jewish names...but I know plenty of non-Jews who use them. I'd say you're all set to name you baby whatever feels right to you.Isobel Yvonne 2/2014
Rowan or Rosalie (MN TBA) coming April 2016
Evelina, Coralie, Adelaide, Adeline, Clara, Ruby, Fiona, Beatrix, Neve, Willa, Verity, Vivienne, Catrin, Carys
Kieran, Rhys, Oliver, Malachi, Judah, Lysander, Ezra, Asher, Everett, Jude, Levi
(Currently stumped for combos)
September 25th, 2013 08:21 AM #7Senior Member
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I wouldn't consider it exclusively Catholic though I wouldn't be surprised to hear it on a Catholic person.
The Hebrew pronunciation is kar-MEL which doesn't sound as much like KAR-m'l the slurred pronunciation of caramel candy.
http://www.kveller.com/jewish_names/display.php?k=668 Kveller doesn't seem to think it's a Catholic name either.
I do think I maybe like it better on a boy. I don't know if it's used on boys by Catholics, it's unisex in Israel.
Last edited by stripedsocks; September 25th, 2013 at 08:30 AM.
September 25th, 2013 08:33 AM #9