The name Ruslan, popular in Russia, is of Turkic origin and means "lion". In the Turkic version, it sounds like Aslan or Arslan. Wide distribution of this name in Russia, went after Pushkin's poem "Ruslan and Lyudmila". After all, the name Ruslan is very in tune with "Russia". In the national epic there's even the legend of Hercules eruslane Lazarevic. But, despite this, the Orthodox saints by that name there. And to have a child baptized under the name Ruslan is impossible.
Parents can choose to have a child any other name to be given to him at baptism. How best to do it. You can select a child's name on the calendar on the day of birth and the following day. For example, the baby was born 3 Sep. You can see in the Orthodox calendar, which the saints venerated on 3 and 4 September. And after choosing the name, give it to the child at baptism.
You can find the name directly on the day of the baptism. For example, baptism is scheduled for October 19. This day is celebrated by St. John of Kronstadt. It is possible to name the boy John, in common parlance – Ivan.
Among the saints that is close to the name Ruslan has a great rustic (accent on the last syllable). He is revered by the Russian Orthodox Church in the Danilov monastery is the icon of St. Martyr Rustica in Paris. Most often by this name I propose to name the child the priests, if they are parents.
It is important to remember that praying for Ruslana only by the name under which he was baptized. Our ancestors believed that the more the child's name, the more likely to mislead the dark forces. In Catholicism, for example, children are given multiple names.
Advice 2: What name is at the baptism
Whether at baptism you receive a second name
In fact, it is not necessary to philosophize, and to name the baby any mom and dad name. One of the most influential leaders of the XX century Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann explains this with amazing simplicity. He argues that since ancient times, any name was considered Holy, requiring respect and reverence for childhood. To carry the purity and Holiness of his "I" through life – this is the most important purpose of man. The tradition of naming baby already "implemented" in the name of a certain Saint came much later and is not Canon.
Therefore it is not necessary after the civil name registration in the registry offices to pick up baby another name for the Holy day of worship which is close to the date of birth or baptism. Some parents believe that if not this "binding" by a certain date, their child will remain without a protector. There is a difference between the concepts of the angel without a name and flesh, given to everyone at baptism, and the patron Saint having the same name with the person who accepted the rite of baptism. And Saints with the same name can be several, and every person has the right to choose treatment of someone who is closer to him mentally. The day of remembrance of his Holy and celebrated name days, which often coincide in date with the day of birth. How would the child be called anything, in baptism, he will still get guardian angel, designed to accompany and protect his life.
In the Bible there is a warning of Jesus that this name you want to save all life in the form in which it is given. We are talking about verbal expression. The Orthodox Church calendar is replete with names of Greek, Hebrew, Latin and Slavic origin, so you can get in tune with the name in the world is often not difficult. Ivan – John Denis – Dionysius, Egor and Yuri became George. But this does not mean that the person has received the second name. This is simply the analogue of the secular name.
Is there a concept of "secret name"
At the dawn of Christianity was not the calendar, but this did not prevent the people to accept the rite of baptism. Information about the need to have a second name given at baptism and is maintained in secret is likely a myth, because the history of Christianity is silent about it. If you believe that the ancient Christians took the names secret, in order to distract the dark forces and adversity in the form of evil eye from the real name, the Church is categorically against such an interpretation.
Possibly the legend originates in the inability sometimes to find in the calendar analogue of a secular name. Because then it should be based not on the word form and the semantic component. So Svetlana will be referred to as Photinia, since both names originate from the words "light" (Greek). Victoria will be Nike, Dobrynya – Agathon (good), Dmitry can become Thomas (twin), although today they both have a place in the calendar.
If the parents gave the child too tricky name, have nothing in common even in meaning with the names in the calendar, it is recommended to find still in tune. The priests believe that completely different names in sound and sense would make the same duality in the personal life of a person, causing him, to put it mildly, inconvenience.
Advice 3: What names give to children at baptism
Advice 4: How to choose the baby's name at baptism
What is baptism
The baptism of a child is the mystery of his first acquaintance with God and a spiritual birth. This is not just a ceremony or a beautiful tradition, as it is often perceived in the modern society, it is something more and deep. At baptism the child is purified from original sin, present it to God, be named a patron, who will accompany him and protect all life on earth. Person at baptism is conferred by God's blessing, which he agrees to not only preserve and protect, but also to increase it and share with others.
Modern trends are such that many do not fully believing parents baptize their children only to pay tribute to the traditions or to the child "the evil eye". Although their motives are not quite right, but the fact that children still betray the rite of baptism, is already positive.
When to baptize the child
When to have a child baptized in infancy or the age of reason, a choice his parents. However, the Church recommends not to drag it out and to christen the baby after 40 days from the day of his birth, because after 40 days from the child's mother removed the original sin, and she's allowed to go to Church.
Until the child reaches 7 years, the rite of baptism takes place only with the help of godparents who take the blessing of God and renouncing Satan for the child and agree to be his guides into the world of God and the Church.
What name to baptize the child
What name to choose for the baptism of a child depends on what name and on what basis the child was named at birth. If the name of the child at birth was given in honour of any particular Saint, and to be baptized the name won't need to choose his own name and will be perfect.
As a rule, the name for the ceremony choose the calendar, according to the Orthodox calendar, often the same or similar-sounding name in the documents. But it's not quite right. If parents choose for a baby name, starting just from the beauty of the sound of or in honor of relatives, for the baptism of his need to choose, based on that Holy life which is close to the parents and something admired them. The harmony and the similarity of name of the Holy anoint with, of course, also important. It is often that saints with same name and there are several parents have the opportunity to choose whom they would like to see as patron of his child.
You can also use the practices and traditions of their ancestors, using the name of a Saint, the calendar where the day of the sacrament of baptism. Not necessarily that it was repeating its own name or was close to him, the main thing that this Saint was a close friend.