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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: Dear Prashant:

Yes, Christian names have specific meanings.  There are hundreds of internet sites that you can explore.  I used Google and the terms -- baby names meanings

I am especially impressed by this site:

It contains English [Christian] names, as well as names from other religions and nationalities.  See what you think of it.

My first name is "Theodore."  [Ted is the shortened form.]  The word is Greek.  "Theo" means "god."  "Dore" means "gift."  So, I am supposedly a "gift from God."

I find it very interesting to explore these sites.  I hope you do as well.


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Thank you.

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Dear Prashant:

Thank you for sending the Wikipedia article on "onomastics."  Several of the sites recommended in the article are new to me.

I have always been curious about "place names."  I love geography, and I find it fascinating to learn how places got their names.

I hope I don't bore you, but I'd like to give you two examples, both of them about our state of Pennsylvania, which got its name from William Penn, the founder of the colony and "sylvan," which means woods or forests:

1.  A small community developed into a small town.  The people decided to "incorporate" this town, which, up to that point, did not have a name.  They held several community meetings in which people offered suggestions.  Every suggestion was discarded, and the people voted "No," which then became "O No!"  Eventually, the town adopted the official name of Ono, Pennsylvania.

2.  There is a town called "Perkiomenville" and there is a small stream called the "Perkiomen Creek."  The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation initiated a program of making signs for the highways entering all the small towns.  The signs were supposed to give the origin of the town's name.  Puzzled by the word "Perkiomen," the officials contacted a local historian.  His answer was this:  "The meaning of the word is somewhat clouded. The present-day English translation of the Indian word is 'place where berries grow.'"
What was "doubtful" was the kind of berries that supposedly grew there.  The government officials completely misread the historian's response and erected this sign:  "Perkiomenville -- the name means "somewhat clouded."  It is an amusing sign to all of the native residents.

Thank you again, Prashant.


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