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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 Arden and Cato Bennett.
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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 #5
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)
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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.
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September 25th, 2013 08:33 AM #9