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Re: My Neighbor
« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2019, 07:02:34 PM »
Once he was tasked with drawing up a form for use by the department.  Under patient identification, there was a space for ‘Christian name.’  He couldn’t quite understand that not everyone is a Christian, and that ‘given name’ is better.
That's some old timey shit, how old is this guy?  I don't know many christians who call there first* name their "christian" name anymore.


*What we call the given name in the US, or is that more common in elsewhere in the english speaking world?

I hear people refer to their Christian name all the time. It's not a religious thing, any more than the name "Christian" is. It's just what it is called. I prefer "first" name since "given" name excludes those people who have chosen their own names.

That may be true in Australia, but it is not at all true here. I don’t believe I have ever in my life heard anyone refer to their ”Christian” name.
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Re: My Neighbor
« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2019, 07:20:25 PM »
I've heard "Christian name" before, mostly from old folks. But it's not common parlance by any stretch. Americans usually call it "first name."

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Re: My Neighbor
« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2019, 07:47:25 PM »
Once he was tasked with drawing up a form for use by the department.  Under patient identification, there was a space for ‘Christian name.’  He couldn’t quite understand that not everyone is a Christian, and that ‘given name’ is better.
That's some old timey shit, how old is this guy?  I don't know many christians who call there first* name their "christian" name anymore.


*What we call the given name in the US, or is that more common in elsewhere in the english speaking world?

I hear people refer to their Christian name all the time. It's not a religious thing, any more than the name "Christian" is. It's just what it is called. I prefer "first" name since "given" name excludes those people who have chosen their own names.

That may be true in Australia, but it is not at all true here. I don’t believe I have ever in my life heard anyone refer to their ”Christian” name.

It may well be a local difference. And of course as time goes by I am hearing it less and less, but it is still pretty common.
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Re: My Neighbor
« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2019, 09:28:11 AM »
Its curious that the US is so much more religious than most of the west, including australia, but we almost never here anyone talk about "christian" names. 

 

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