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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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?
Jared seems a perfectly fine name to me, just from the sound of it. What's normal where you live?
well my last name is christian, and I'm an atheist. also my family are all agnostics besides me.

My name is the Arabic form of Jesus. I wish I did not have a name with such strong religious connotations but it is what it is.

 

I'd say your name means what you want it to mean.  If you wish to be linked to a saint, a martyr, or such, fine.  If you choose to keep the name but reject others' associations, who is better qualified than you?  If you'd feel better with a different name -- my granddaughter Amelia just switched, at 14, to Alex to show her sexual feelings -- pick one you'll enjoy having and go for it.  But please don't feel that you have to accept any connotation your parents, or others, put on you.  Who you are, and what you are called, should be your own free choice.  Best wishes.

I can remember both Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty catching flack for having biblical names.  I think both their responses amounted to little more than: "So F***ing What?!?"

Names are labels and eminently alterable, sometimes even without going through government channels.  You don't like your name?  CHANGE IT!

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