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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Well Angela is actually my middle name, but I like it way better than my first (not shared online for paranoia). My first name is Greek and spelled differently from the usual, so I had to have it changed on a million doctors forms, marriage license, divorce certificate, GED, etc. over the years. It's a pain. Although most people assume Angela means angel, it can also simply mean messanger. Since I'm writing a god-bashing book for the christian crowd, I suppose that's true. My last name I picked from my favorite US historical figure (Pres. Andrew Jackson = awesome). I never changed maiden name when I married but my son had my ex's last name, so I just made up something I liked for both of us. I named my son Ethan which means strong and manly.
I won't give out my first name (for privacy and the absolute hideousness of it) but my middle name, Michelle, means "who is like God?" and I believe has both French and Hebrew origins. However, the story I give most folks is that my mom chose my first name, for my aunt of the same moniker, and my dad chose my middle name, after the song "Michelle," by the Beatles. I don't know how true that is, but it makes a good story. : )
My name is Jason, which comes from the Greek mythological story of Jason and the Argonauts. The name Jason also appears in the New Testament as a man who sheltered Paul and Silas.
My name is Joseph. From Iosephus, the Latin form of Greek Ιωσηφος (Iosephos), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add". In the Old Testament Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob. Because he was the favourite of his father, his older brothers sent him to Egypt and told their father that he had died. In Egypt, Joseph became an advisor to the pharaoh, and was eventually reconciled with his brothers when they came to Egypt during a famine. This name also occurs in the New Testament, belonging to Saint Joseph the husband of Mary and Joseph of Arimathea.

In the Middle Ages, Joseph was a common Jewish name, being less frequent among Christians. In the late Middle Ages Saint Joseph became more highly revered, and the name became popular in Spain and Italy. In England it became common after the Protestant Reformation. This name was borne by rulers of the Holy Roman Empire and Portugal. Other notable bearers include Polish-British author Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) and the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (1878-1953).

I do plan to change my name, though i'm not sure as to what yet. As of right now i go by my last name and use a pseudonym Caelin Logan(A more traditional Irish name without religious connotations) in my writings.
My name is Kristina, which is of course a form of "Christian," meaning "follower of Christ."

It was accurate up until about 3 years ago. I've considered changing my name, but I don't know what I'd change it to and I don't really want to go through all the work. So I guess I'll stick with it for now.
Why would an atheist care if their name resembles or matches the name of a character in some fictional story? A name (these days, at least) is not an adjective, it is merely a moniker, an identifier, a convenient handle by which to refer to something (well, OK, someone). And it's something that was assigned by someone else, out of your control, when you were an atheist (aren't we all born atheists?). I suppose I don't have to worry about it, since I see no "religious" signficance to my name (or to pretty much anything, since I am an atheist). But I can't imagine I'd be spending a lot of time worrying about it if my name was Matthew, John, or, yes, even Christian, in which case I'd likely be going by Chris anyway.
Ah, but names have meaning. I suppose it's up to the personal discretion of a person whether or not that name bothers them. In that case, hopefully they're in a place where they can change it.

I am one of those sorts with the name Christopher. Don't like Chris and when I have the god bothering types who get it wrong, I suggest that I am considering shortening it to christ which amuses me. They don't get it wrong again. 

My real first name is Georges (silent 's' - a French extravagance.) (Yes, Howard S. Dunn is my nic - and a pun.)

Georges comes from two Greek words. One is pantheistic - more or less - since it exalts the earth as a spiritual entity: "Gaia" - the Earth or Nature. Seems a reasonable entity to exalt to some level of spiritual significance.

The other is my favorite Greek word of all - since it is onomatopoeic in a way. "Erg." It means "work". Seems like it comes from a sound anyone anywhere might make in the course of working hard.

So Geo + erg = earth + work = farmer.

Of course St. George was a dragon slayer, right?

Now, don't get me started on ubiquitous theistic words like "creature" ...
"Mary." About as christian as a name gets. As it was always told to me, mom just really liked the name. So much so she intended to name all of her girls Mary with different middle names and we'd go by our middle names. She got talked out of it twice but I did grow up with a sister "Mary."

I was never crazy about my way too common name - "Plain Jane" comes to mind. But on the other hand, when you speak of first impressions, who doesn't like a Mary? It's safe. People can discover my weirdness later on.

As to the Xian connotations, I never gave it much thought and it doesn't bother me, perhaps because the name is so common. If ever I change it or give people a nickname to call me, it has nothing to do with the Xian nature of the name but the Plain Jane nature of the name. I too think there are lots of very cool sounding Hebrew names which I would totally name my kid if ever my maternal desires went beyond the pet cat(s).

I normally use a pseudonym online, but honestly, I paid too little attention when signing up on A/N and didn't realize my name would also be my screen name. Also didn't know until I'd already made several posts and several friends that you can change your name here, so I keep my real name here for simplicity sake.
That said, the name awards in my family go to my nephew, "Marcon." It's a blend of the first syllables of his father's and mother's names (Marty, Connie). Unique, but not something that got him beat up in school, and when he wants to blend in he can always go by Marc.

The other name award goes to my first grand-niece, "Brooklyn Rain." Her mom, my niece, is the other family heathen besides myself. Picked the name because A) It's not biblical and B) the child can derive a good variety of nicknames for herself from it.
As I understand it, "Jared" has no meaning, per se, but it's origin is some bronze-age Jews in the desert--I don't really like that. And who knows how many girls have been scared off by my not having a "normal" name?

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