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    Using the names of deities?

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    I did a search on the forum to see if this had been covered, but I couldn't find anything (if I just missed a topic, I'm sorry!). I was just curious as to what people think about using the names of deities for one's children, or even for usernames online: flattering, or disrespectful? I know in a lot of faiths, choosing the names of religious figures is a very good thing to do, but in others, it's kind of like calling yourself (or whoever) one. I can understand both viewpoints, but if there's any sort of common consensus amongst pagans I'd love to know.

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    Re: Using the names of deities?

    My very personal opinion is simply... not to. I believe it draws attentions that you don't necessarily want to draw from forces beyond my understanding.

    But it is simply my very personal opinion. I'm a pretty superstitious person.

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    Re: Using the names of deities?

    Quote Originally Posted by Niamh View Post
    Hi--
    I did a search on the forum to see if this had been covered, but I couldn't find anything (if I just missed a topic, I'm sorry!). I was just curious as to what people think about using the names of deities for one's children, or even for usernames online: flattering, or disrespectful? I know in a lot of faiths, choosing the names of religious figures is a very good thing to do, but in others, it's kind of like calling yourself (or whoever) one. I can understand both viewpoints, but if there's any sort of common consensus amongst pagans I'd love to know.
    From a personal perspective - I don't like it. It just annoys me. But whatever floats people's boats.

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    Re: Using the names of deities?

    I don''t have a religious reason to or not to...but I wouldn't, unless I changed the name a bit or the name was a (relatively) common one as a name.
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    Re: Using the names of deities?

    "Jesus" is a common name for Hispanics.
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    Re: Using the names of deities?

    In the Roman Catholic faith, it's traditional to name children after a saint, or some other holy figure. There are lots of Mary's, for example.

    Note: I'm not sure if this is still done as much, now that I think about it. I don't recall any saints with some of the kid's names that I hear lately.

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    Re: Using the names of deities?

    Thanks for your quick replies, guys! It has always made me somewhat uncomfortable, but I never could tell if that was just a result of my own superstition.
    And Hawkfeathers, I was actually reading about that yesterday! It is still a common practice, but it used to be a requirement for baptism. Now it's just a nice thing to do

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    Re: Using the names of deities?

    I'm a little bit uncomfortable with the idea, but I'm pretty sure that there is nothing spiritually wrong with doing so. Especially if it is done out of admiration or respect, but (depending on how superstitious a person is) doing so could be seen as linking or committing the child to a particular deity. That being said, I have a tendency to over-think things. ;3

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    Re: Using the names of deities?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ljubezen View Post
    My very personal opinion is simply... not to. I believe it draws attentions that you don't necessarily want to draw from forces beyond my understanding.

    But it is simply my very personal opinion. I'm a pretty superstitious person.
    I second this. In ancient times, it was widely spread. But today it just brings unnecessary attention. Not only spiritual, but also material. I don't think it can bring any good.
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    Re: Using the names of deities?

    Among the Norse it was very common and popular to use a form of the name Thor, says the guy named Thorbjorn (thunder bear, or Thor's bear). I haven't run into any names based on other deities' name, however. I think it would be kind of pretentious, at the least.
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