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How to choose a name to the child or Who is called - that exists!

Orthodox, glance in the Calendar

to your grandfathers and grandmothers and furthermore, to great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers, the name was chosen, as a rule, in honor of the Saint whose day of memory dropped out on birthday of the kid or his baptism. Now there is no need to strictly adhere to this custom, parents freely choose a name of the child, and they can do it without thinking about dates. But if this name is not in the Calendar, and you decided to christen the child, with Church there will be problems. The father can refuse to christen the child with the name which is absent in the Calendar (will offer similar on sounding), and you should not complain - such is tradition of Russian Orthodox Church.

The Orthodox Christian should know in honor of what Saint he is called. If it is named in honor of the Saint at whom is namesake it should be noted a name-day in day of memory of the Saint. If it is unknown whose name is born by the person, then according to church tradition it is necessary to consider the that whose memory in a calendar coincides or follows birthday.

Names in the Calendar have, as a rule, the Jewish, Greek and Latin roots. Slavic names very little. Snezhana is absent, Ladas (there is a version that so called one of Slavic goddesses), Inga (drevneskandinavsky winter ) . Christina, apparently, the most Christian name. And from Ancient Greek it is transferred as Christian but in the Calendar there is Hristina, and Christina is absent. Equally as Alina, Alice, Yana, Artur, Arnold, Robert are absent.

Happens, the name in documents does not coincide with received at a baptism. Anything terrible. It is only necessary to remember that in church the believer calls himself by the name given at a baptism. The orthodox church does not see communication between a name and destiny and considers it only one of the most widespread superstitions. But it has anybody no relation neither to reality, nor to belief.

the Most popular in Russia now names:

- Anastasia, Maria, Darya, Anna, Ekaterina, Elizabeth.

Man`s - Alexander, Nikita, Ivan, Maxim, Dmitry, Daniil.

the Cabbala and the name

At Jews a bit different approach to the choice of a name. They can call the child in honor of relatives, in honor of righteous persons or take the most pleasant bible name. But a name - not just a set of sounds, Jews believe. The narecheniye of the person is considered cooperation good luck and, naming, parents hope to give certain qualities to the child from that whose it was named. According to the Cabbala - the Jewish teosofsky doctrine, letters of a name is a communication with the highest worlds, and change of a name can entail its gap that is fraught with consequences. About importance of a name in spirituality, also the custom demonstrates to add to a name of the seriously ill patient of the person one more - Haim (life).

There is no ban on use of the non Jewish names in Judaism. Moshe (Moisey) is the Egyptian name, and thousands of Jews bear this name. In Russia after revolution of 1917 the law forbidding to Jews to take the non Jewish names was repealed, Borukhi and Berla there were Borisami, Leyby - Lions, and Gersha - Grigoriyami. In Palestine in the XX century there were processes the return: Jews changed names and surnames to ivritsky.

of 99 names of God

At Muslims a name to the child are chosen by parents and coordinate it with the mullah. The adult accepting Islam chooses to himself a name. The certain formal list of Muslim names similar to the Calendar, in Islam does not exist. The decision on, as far as a name corresponds to Islamic tradition, the mullah accepts. The most honourable names are 99 epithets of God. In Russian they sound as adjectives: Rahman - mercy, Rakhim - merciful, Sabir - patient. Also Turkic and Arab names are widespread. For example, Farid - the Arab name, is translated as only, unique, Timur - iron.

A specific place is held by names of wives and prophet Muhammad`s daughters. Female names Aisha and Khadija (the prophet`s wife), Nafis (the confidante of Khadija thanks to whom this marriage union took place) and Zeynab (one of the prophet`s daughters) are popular in recent years. Narecheniye`s

of a name occurs in the mosque. The child is put the head towards Mecca. Then the mullah says Azan (an appeal to a prayer), and afterwards and a prayer. After that the priest in a whisper says at first in right, and then in the left ear of the child his name also solemnly declares it.

Muslims consider that the name in itself does not influence destiny of the person, behind it there is only a desire of parents to give to the child certain qualities - justice, patience. As far as the person will possess them, depends already on him. There is also no ban on change of a name.

Whoever you were: the Orthodox Christian, the Catholic, the Jew or the Muslim - whether you choose a name to the child by tradition whether in the Calendar, or on names of your relatives, always do it with a sincere heart and soul. And yes let always your Child will be Healthy, Kind, Clever, Beautiful and Happy! Who is called, that exists!