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QUESTION: Dear Dr Johnson

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

ANSWER: Hello Prashant - and thanks for your question.

Yes - you are quite right - MANY names come from the bible - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are all the names of saints.

The Jews even give their children names from the old testament part of the bible - such as Noah, Rebecca, Noam, and Ruth.

Most ordinary names do NOT have any meaning - such as Floyd, Andy, Gary, Brian, and Tod.

But a number of the names for women are taken from nature - such as Rose, Heather, Primrose, and Petal.

And other names have links back to other meanings - such as my own name - Roy - which is an anglicised version of Roi, which means King.

I have also noticed that in Spain - where I live part of the time - many women are named after abstract nouns - such as Conception, Purification, and Esperanza (which means Hope).

I hope that helps

Best wishes


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QUESTION: Dear Dr Johnson

Thank you.

http://www.indiaexpress.com/specials/babynames/
http://www.indiaexpress.com/specials/babynames/boy-a.html

Similar to the website mentioned above for Hindu names, are there websites which will list us all Christian names alphabetically with there
meanings ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
http://www.behindthename.com/

http://www.sheknows.com/baby-names/name/christian

http://baby-names.familyeducation.com/name-meaning/christian

http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com/meaning_of_Christian.html


Hope that helps

Best wishes

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