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Offline Traditionallyruralmom

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naming a child after a virtue
« on: June 04, 2019, 10:03:23 AM »
I know this is a popular protestant thing.  Is there anything in Church tradition that approves or disapproves of this?
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Re: naming a child after a virtue
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2019, 11:36:59 AM »
I know this is a popular protestant thing.  Is there anything in Church tradition that approves or disapproves of this?

Even though I guess it's not a traditionally Catholic thing, I like those names like Faith, Hope, Charity, Prudence, etc.

It does seem like they're all girls' names, which makes the virtues appear a bit feminine. Maybe you could name a boy "Fortitude." Or how about "Fear of the Lord"?

If you named a child "Justice," and they became a judge, they'd be "Justice Justice." If your last name was Justice, like the baseball player David Justice, then they'd be "Justice Justice Justice." (Like Major Major Major from Catch-22.)
 
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Re: naming a child after a virtue
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2019, 11:43:15 AM »
If you named a child "Justice," and they became a judge, they'd be "Justice Justice."

That would be quite interesting  :)
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Re: naming a child after a virtue
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2019, 12:20:38 PM »
Meekness, why did you hit your brother!?

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Re: naming a child after a virtue
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2019, 01:33:37 PM »
I can't imagine a reasonable objection to it. There are numerous saints named after the virtues, so it was evidently common in the early centuries. For example, Saints Faith, Hope, and Charity were sisters who were martyred with their mother Sophia in the second century. They are in the (real) Roman Martyrology on August 1 (Sophia on September 30), and all four are celebrated in the Byzantine tradition on September 17.
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Re: naming a child after a virtue
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2019, 09:51:05 PM »
I went to school with a few different boys named "Christian." I don't think they've gone to live Christian lives.  Virtue names are a bit too waspy for my tastes, but many saints names and biblical banned are virtue names on other languages so theres that.  My name means "God Hears" and I'm always doubting whether God ever listens.
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Re: naming a child after a virtue
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2019, 11:29:58 PM »
I went to school with a few different boys named "Christian." I don't think they've gone to live Christian lives.  Virtue names are a bit too waspy for my tastes, but many saints names and biblical banned are virtue names on other languages so theres that.  My name means "God Hears" and I'm always doubting whether God ever listens.

I know a couple "Christians", and believe that one is a good Catholic (which only makes sense for a good "Christian").

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