CHRISTIAN NAMES

The Origins of the Traditional Christian Name 
Traditional Christian first name origins stem from the Bible and are common across many countries. The first name origins of such are derived from various languages including Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The Romans conquered the known Western world and Christian-names which derived from Celtic, Germanic or Slavic languages are also, therefore, included in this category of Christian name origins.

 
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Christian Name or First Name? 
English speaking tend to refer to first-names as Christian names'. This is the definition we will use for the purpose of the majority of information supplied on this page. For additional information regarding other Christian religion origins please go to Biblical Baby Names. Click the following link if you are interested in the Biblical Symbolism of the Stork.

Miss Smith? Not any more!!
A first or Christian name has been used since man was first able to communicate. Try to imagine living in a society that did not use any names! Surnames did not really catch on until the 12th century. The practice of referring to people by their surnames has dramatically decreased in the last fifty years. The custom of using a person's title has also diminished, once again, in favour of using first-names. Society has changed. It has become less formal. The change in Christian name usage began in America and reflected the move to equality between classes and sexes. Our Christian, or first, name is what we are, now, commonly known by.

The Importance of Christian Names!
We will respond to our Christian Name throughout our lives. People associate us with our Christian name, it forms part of our identity. They help to distinguish us from one to another. Other people gain immediate and sometimes totally subconscious views of people, just from hearing a name. Our Christian name can therefore give us a distinct advantage in life, or conversely, a disadvantage! These are, therefore, incredibly important. And those of us who choose a Christian name for a baby are taking on a responsible task!

The meanings of Christian-names 
Meanings are only really important to the person that they belong to! Christian name meanings are not actually interesting to anyone else! To give credence to this statement ask yourself the following questions...

  • Do I know the meanings of my parents name? 
  • Do I know the meanings of my partner's name?

The answer for the vast majority of people will be a resounding "No!". Christian name meanings are, however, marginally interesting when trying to decide upon baby-names. If you are undecided perhaps the first name meaning would help you make a final decision. Because of the relative lack of interest in Christian name meanings their importance is fairly minimal when choosing first names. The definitions and the meanings can be found in the section of this site dedicated to Baby Name Meanings and the World of Names where lists of first names from all over the world can be found together with their first name meanings and origins.

What Christian Name shall I give to my baby?
A Christian name is the very first present that we give to our baby. It's a present that they will probably keep and hear everyday for the rest of their lives! Choosing baby names can be a real minefield! Will the name suit the baby? Should the Christian name be traditional, unusual, unique, exotic, popular or cool? Will the Christian name be suitable throughout all life phases ( "A Name isn't just for a birthday - it's for life!"). Will the Christian name be appropriate throughout a full life cycle starting with baby - toddler - school child - teenager - young adults - parents - middle age - retirement and ending with old age. Will the Christian name suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will the schoolchild be teased mercilessly about a Christian name? What will your baby think of your choice?

Help is at hand!
The various sections included in www. babynames. org. uk accessed via the Site Map will provide answers to all of your questions regarding the choice of a Christian names. And our exclusive Name Evaluator will help you avoid most of the many pitfalls!

 
 
 

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