Introducing Baby Ari
My husband and I are very proud to introduce our baby boy to the world. Ari was born on Monday 18th May 2015 at 4.03pm weighing 2.8kg and was 49cm long. He is a healthy and happy little boy and we feel very blessed to be his parents.
We decided to follow tradition and name our baby after his Papou Aristidis Aristidou, who is my husband’s father. You will notice that the baby’s first name and our surname are the same. It is Greek tradition to name your children after your parents and it is a Cypriot tradition for the first-born son in the family to have the same first name and surname.
Greek Tradition – Name Your Children After Your Parents
Different people follow this tradition in slightly different ways. Sometimes, the baby is named after the father’s parents, regardless of whether the baby is a boy or a girl. Sometimes, the parents will share the names between the families. If the baby is a boy then it will take the father’s parent’s name and if the baby is a girl then it will take the mother’s parent’s name.
In modern days, many young parents are choosing to use the parent’s names as the child’s middle name and some have decided not to follow tradition at all.
Many will choose the baby’s “Greek name” or Christening name to be the same as their parents but then slightly alter the child’s English/Aussie/First name to something different. For example, my name is Aspasia and I was named after my yiayia (my mum’s mum) however, my “Aussie” name is Sia.
Orthodox Tradition – Name Your Child After A Saint
Each child regardless of who they are named after, will take on the name of a Saint if they are christened in an Orthodox Church. In Greece, your name day is a very special time to celebrate. It is celebrated similar to a birthday.
If we are blessed with more children, we will again continue the Greek tradition of naming them all. If our next baby is a girl then it will take my mother’s name and if it is a boy then the baby will take my father’s name.
How Did You Name Your Children?
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