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(17 Posts)
twinklestar2 Sun 09-Feb-14 22:00:10

Is Joseph too much of a religious name for a boy if we're atheists?

KatieBurningham Sun 09-Feb-14 22:01:06

No not at all. It's a lovely name.

BlueStarsAtNight Sun 09-Feb-14 22:11:09

I don't think so at all , it only has religious meaning to you if you are religious, so if you're not then it's just a nice name smile

HeadFullofSteam Sun 09-Feb-14 22:20:24

No, our DS1 is Joseph. We are not in the least big religious, we just loved it as a name. He is 14 now and it is still my favourite name ever!

Bowlersarm Sun 09-Feb-14 22:22:50

No. Lovely name.

Rhubarbgarden Sun 09-Feb-14 22:23:25

It's a personal thing. I'm an atheist and wouldn't be comfortable with the associations of Joseph, but it's a very popular name and I'm quite sure not every Joseph has ravingly religious parents. Up to you.

lilibet Sun 09-Feb-14 22:25:33

My great grandad was Joseph and Ds1 is Joseph, it's a olvely name and Joe is good too. I never considered the religious connotations

ZenNudist Sun 09-Feb-14 22:33:03

Great name, considering fords2 mide name. We aren't religious & neither are the 2 families I know with a Joseph.

LizzieVereker Sun 09-Feb-14 22:35:52

We have a Joseph (Joe) but he's named after Joe Gargery in Great Expectations, who I think is the nicest person I've ever heard of, in fact or fiction.

Mrswellyboot Sun 09-Feb-14 22:37:45

We are considering it. I honestly wouldn't worry about the religious connotations with it. It is a good string name.

Mrswellyboot Sun 09-Feb-14 22:38:06

Strong blush

RedJeans Sun 09-Feb-14 22:39:17

It's one of my favourite boys names! Strong classic. Also like nns Joe and Joey.

MotherOfInsomniacToddlers Sun 09-Feb-14 22:42:58

Love it, I've been trying to convince dh that if we have another boy we will call him Joseph

Onesleeptillwembley Sun 09-Feb-14 22:43:47

Most names have religious connotations. Ignore that (unless it's Jesus AND you're not Spanish, and I'd probably give Herod a miss).

twinklestar2 Sun 09-Feb-14 23:11:17

Thanks everyone!

Innogen Mon 10-Feb-14 00:38:34

He'll be joe most of the time probably. Nothing religious about Joe!

PandaWatch Mon 10-Feb-14 21:37:17

Joseph Stalin is a famous atheist! grin

Not trying to put you off btw, my DS' s middle name is Joseph!

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