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Dear Johnathan

http://www.indiaexpress.com/specials/babynames/
http://www.indianhindunames.com/‎
http://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/hinduism
http://www.indiaexpress.com/specials/babynames/boy-a.html

I would like to know whether Christian names for Men,Boys and Women, Girls have actual meanings.

For examples : John, Paul, Steve, Joel,Floyd,Michael, Andy, Gary, Scott, Clive, Martha, Jennifer, Susan, Margaret etc

if i am not wrong many Christian names for example Peter, Mark, Luke, Mathew etc are named after Saints which are mentioned in the Holy Bible - Old and New Testament.

The reason for my Query is Hindu Names - Both Men and Women have actual meanings. i.e. Prashant, Rajesh, Sunil, Suchita, Swati, Supriya etc are same Hindu names examples but they have actually got meanings. Many Hindu names are also named after Hindu Gods.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Hi Prashant,

That is a good question. Yes, Christian, or "given names" as they are sometimes called, do have meaning in our culture also. (They are sometimes called "given names" because not everyone in American culture is Christian).

There are two good sites that allow you to look up the meaning and history of given names:
http://www.meaning-of-names.com/
http://www.behindthename.com/


I hope this helps!

Kind Regards,
-Johnathan  

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