The Rockin' Rev July 2021

ROCKIN REV

What shall we name the baby?

What shall we name the baby? It’s a decision that every responsible parent takes seriously
 
In choosing a name for their baby parents will often consider many things. The choice of name may honour a family member or a close friend. The choice of name may reflect admiration for a famous person or describe something about the child – the day or place of their birth, a hope for their future, or a desire for what they will bring to the world
 
Naming a child varies from culture to culture. Some countries, like Iceland, have a specific list of permitted names to choose from. A name not already on the official list of approved names must be submitted to the naming committee for approval
 
New Zealand’s Births, Deaths, and Marriage Act of 1995 doesn’t allow people to name their child anything that might cause offence to a reasonable person; or is unreasonably long; or, without adequate justification, resemble an official title or rank
 
Recently, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Harry and Meghan) announced the birth of their second child. They named their baby, who was born on Friday 4th June at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
 
Given recent revelations many people were surprised that couple chose names that are very much in line with royal traditions
 
In Bible times the naming of a child was extremely important. Interestingly, the name Jesus wasn’t chosen by Mary and Joseph. His name was chosen by God and passed on to Mary and Joseph by an angel
 
Jesus was a very common name given to Jewish boys. Over the years various excavations in and around Jerusalem have revealed the name Jesus on several grave markers and tombs. To distinguish Jesus, the child of Mary, from others of the same name, he is sometimes referred to in the Gospels as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus the Nazarene
 
The name Jesus is the Greek form of his Hebrew name. The gospels were written in Greek because it was the literary language of the time. The Hebrew name of Jesus is Joshua, more properly pronounced Yeshua, which means ‘The Lord saves’ or simply ‘Saviour’
 
Down through the centuries, the church has affirmed the belief of the earliest followers of Jesus that “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved”
 
For parents looking to follow current trends when it comes to naming their baby, research tells us that the most popular girl’s names of 2021 in the UK are Luna, Ophelia, and Elodie. The most popular boy’s names are Arlo, Oscar, and Hugo
 

Rev Brian Hall

Vicar, St Andrew’s Church

 

also published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

 


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