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    I was given a Christian name Nicholas, but I perfer to go by my middle name Joseph. Those names are pretty Christian so I think it only makes sense to change my name to a non Christian name.


    So yes I plan on changing my name to best suit my ancestry and religion.
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    Heathen with Christian Name....

    It depends on how strongly one feels about it. "What's in a name ? That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet." I was named Martin after a very dear uncle. I know that there was a St. Martin and that, probably, Uncle Martin was named after Martin Luther, but I wasn't named after them. I was named after Martin Olsen and was his favorite nephew.

    My middle name was supposed to have been Hendrick, (which ought to have been Henrik). However, the mess which appeared on my birth certificate (Even making allowances for physicians' stereotypically atrocious handwriting, I think the Dr. must have been drunk.) was "Hruncle". I had to have that changed inasmuch as I'd been using Hendrick for 57 years before I applied for Social Security.

    Henrik was my grandfather, Ole Henrik, who changed his surname from his father's name + "sen" to the name of the farm where he was born. That's a good Norse name. If I'd been given a biblical name, I might very well have changed it, even though I'm an agnostic, not an Asatruar or an Odinist.

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    I would not change my name. My parents decided on the names I have, and I will stick with them.

    Obviously, you can guess my first by merely looking at my username. Though I don't know of any Celtic blood in my bloodline, the name is good enough. Most Biblical names are overused anyway, for what it is worth.

    My middle is Peder. "Peder" comes from my mother's father. Yep, this is a cultural import, probably transmitted through missionaries with their Bibles in hand.

    If I were so tempted to change my name, it would be Egil, since my grandfather on my father's side was named that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BSLW
    I was given a Christian name Nicholas, but I perfer to go by my middle name Joseph. Those names are pretty Christian so I think it only makes sense to change my name to a non Christian name.


    So yes I plan on changing my name to best suit my ancestry and religion.
    Nicholas is an ancient Greek name, especially common amongst the ancient Spartans. It means "from victorious people".
    Joseph is a Hebrew name.

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    Since I'm a Christian with a heathen name and feel no desire whatsoever to change it, I would guess that if I were a heathen with a Christian name, I would also feel no desire to change it.

    Either that or it just feels better to have a heathen name than a Christian name, no matter what your religion is.

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    I *am* going to change my legal name to my heathen name, just as soon as life slows down a little bit for me and mine. My reasons are that I was given a name that does not reflect my root culture, and since returning to my ancestral faith, I do not feel any connection to it. For me, its a simple matter, really...my birth/legal name is hebraic in origin, and I am not. I, of course, had no say in the matter, but by the same token, I don't begrudge my parents for it.

    My wife and I gave our daughter a good Celtic name, to reflect on her mommy's rich Scots-Irish heritage. When #2 gets here in April, he'll be given a good germanic name, to reflect my heritage. And just to cover all the bases, our dog's name is Bjorn...:fejllkong

    We both feel that it is often the little things that help out in the long run, and this is a seemingly small, yet significant way to further cement our return to our Elder Troth.
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    i feel like my name despite having christian ties to be the one my parents gave me so i wouldn't want to change it i might have another name added in between my fore and surnames which reflects my heritage and any heathens could call me if they so wish to but not at the moment it doesn't feel right atm

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    I was named after a viking so am glad that my parents wanted to remember my mothers heratiage. But they decided not to name me Edith or Olga after my relitives for witch I am grateful. My daughter's middle name is Marie but that is after Marie queen of the sea and my father's sisters all had the middle name Marie.(Anglicans) I can imagine going by a nickname but not changing the name my parents gave me. My brother is Micheal Jonathan but he is named after Micheal Valintine Smith and Johnathan Livingston Seagull from two of my parents favorite books..

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    My name obiviously means something like this:
    Servant for the temple; Free-born; noble. It is a feminine form of the latin name Camillus and may possibly be traced back to the young girls who assisted at pagan religious ceremonies
    I didn't like the name when I was younger, basically because it sounded boring and because I ALWAYS ended up in a class with two (or more!) other little Cammies.. So much for feeling special The fact that both my brothers were given middle-names, and that I was stuck with only one, didn't exactly help either.

    Today, I really don't mind. I have never put much thought into the real "meaning" behind the name, and would probably not have changed it only because I suddenly found out that it was a Christian name.
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    I dont want to sit on the "fence" here but would use both. Hopefully i will be professed into Odins holy nation sometime in the near future, and would like to take on a heathen name of my choice. I would however only use that name when moving or conversing in heathen circles. When im with my parents who are supposed to be christians then i would use my name given to me at birth, as not to offend them.

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