What's in a name? (If you are atheist BUT your given name has religious meaning)

I am one of those free-thinking individuals christened as "Dominique" -- ah, how godly indeed.

I was baptized and confirmed at the age when I could not protest, hence am stuck with the name (for now).

I wonder if anyone of you share the same experience about having a "religious" name and if so, what do you think about it? Are you considering having it changed?

Come to think of it, there aren't many atheist names apart from the obvious (viz. Darwin)

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I am John, not after the Baptist or the Apostle, but my great uncle. But my confirmation name is James, I chose it to honor my grandfather, but I had to write a paper about st. James...I don't remember the paper or st. James though. As far as Dominique, I think that's a pretty name regardless of religious implications...Many names could be linked to a religious figure, it is though, beyond me how 4 guys from the middle east were named Matt, Mark, Luke, and John.
Hello John, I would have to agree. I like the sound of my name too, regardless of the reasons my grams picked it (uh, let's not go there anymore, but needless to say, she had hoped I'd turn out to be "godly").
Technically they were "Mattihyahu", Marcus, Lucas or Lucius and "Yohanan" or "Yehohanan"...

So says Wikipedia anyway.
I think it would be rather troublesome for English speaking people to start correctly pronounce all Hebrew names in Hebrew.
I don't get that either. :-(

Incidentally earlier today I was viewing this clip re: the touching story about lion that was rescued from Harrod's by 2 well-meaning guys. They raised the cub and then later decided to set it free and bring it back to the wild where it rightfully belongs. After a year, they went to visit him in Kenya and had a very touching reunion with the feline.

The lion's name? Uh, "Christian" argh! Tell me, is that name a good pick for a lion? I don't think so. :-(

For the vid, see below:


Never mind the cheesy bg music.
Well yes, cheesiness aside (though some people are not averse to cheese), I personally like the message of the vid. It has a very positive message too about friendship, and renewing ties, etcetera. But yes, the point I raised was exactly that, why call the lion "Christian" especially since animals can't object to names they're called. Hm.
Christmas? So was his (or her) nickname "Xmas"?

Yoiks.
LMAO! I would make sure my nickname was, "Christ".
In spanish speaking countries people get named "Pagan"!
my name Mark comes to us thru the christian tradition. mark was the assumed writer of the actually anonymous Gospel of Mark (Hebrew: מרקוס; Greek: Μάρκος). But the name doesn't have any connection to the christian god. it's actually derived from the roman pantheon - mars, the roman god of war (originally an agricultural diety). so the name marcus (as in marcus antonius, mark anthony) means "sacred to or protected by mars."

i wouldn't change my name because it has some connection to an attributed gospel writer or an ancient roman war god. actually because of the connection to some great historical figures in roman history it's actually quite a cool name. i think even for the romans it didn't really have much of a connection to an spiritual beliefs, it was probably kind of a manly name since it was associated with war in a society that seemed to revel in gore and violence. lolololol.

i also read that in greece their was a legendary satyr named Μάρκος. that's pretty cool, since they have a reputation for being randy. lol.

atheist names???

hmmmm, probably i lot, i just wikied a few.

brian - comes from "hill" and by extension means "noble"
andrew - has connections to st. andrew, but was originally a greek name meaning "manly, strong"
gloria - just means "glory" in latin

i live in japan, most names here don't have any connection to religion
my friends:
nozomi - hope (also an english name)
yuuki - manly tree
miki - beautiful tree

etc...

oh, by the way, the original meaning of dominique is not christian, btw.

it's the french but of course derived from the latin "domina" or "dominus" which translates as lord or master. slaves or servants referred to their masters or bosses with this title. subordinates would also refer to their superiors by this. also think "feudal lord."

so it's alright name if you wash of the christian stain that it's been inbued with. the original meaning predates christianity by a very long time. :)
oh yes, thank you for that.

methinks "lord" or "master" (even "mistress") would suit me just fine. LOL.

seriously, i like the sound of Nozomi too.
i think that naming after nature makes more sense.

will seriously consider those names if or when i get myself a new pet. :P
My given name is Terence, thank goodness.

Terence (or rather Terentius) was a Roman poet.

My other name is George---again, nothing biblical about that.

I thank again my parents for sparing me thus, and, still more, for sparing me from the time-wasting world of religion in the years when I was a happy non-religious boy.

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