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Another Coptic name

Post by Claire » Wed May 05, 2010 10:36 am

Ephraim would probably be Copt too. I know quite a few Rifaat and Rafaats who are all Copts. Fady is definitely Coptic as is Mina. But how about including a few Copts in your book anyway?
Most Coptic women I know are called variations on Mariam, Marianne, Maria with a few Marina s plus other names of Saints or people from the Bible!



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Post by Winged Isis » Wed May 05, 2010 1:51 pm

The Rafaat and Noor I know are Muslim. Ramy may just be used by Copts. I'm not sure.
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Post by Mimimay » Wed May 05, 2010 2:24 pm

Rahmy is a Muslim name
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Used by both

Post by Claire » Wed May 05, 2010 2:45 pm

Many names are used by both groups including Ramy! I know quite a few Copts called Ramy!

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Post by Miriamkhalifa » Wed May 05, 2010 2:47 pm

Claire: It is a good idea to include a copt family. I will have to do thorough research on daily life both for copts and muslims, traditions and family life.

But anyway I need to know who's who so I don't mix them up, names are very often connected to religion.
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Coptic life

Post by Claire » Wed May 05, 2010 3:01 pm

To be honest Miriam I think there is a big overlap between the life of Copts and Muslims but if you want to ask me anything specifically about Copts please do. I've been married to one for 20 years and spend a lot of time with his family but in Cairo not Luxor. One big difference is that Copts once married cannot divorce or remarry in the Church so I will leave you to work out the advantages and disadvantages of this!

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Post by Miriamkhalifa » Wed May 05, 2010 3:04 pm

Thanks a lot Claire!! I will certainly be asking you loads of questions! :D
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Re: Used by both

Post by Mimimay » Wed May 05, 2010 7:54 pm

Claire wrote:Many names are used by both groups including Ramy! I know quite a few Copts called Ramy!
I did'nt know that it was used as a coptic name Claire, mind you I don't know many Copts but I do know someone with this name who is a Muslim, so it's only based on that :lol:
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Re: Coptic life

Post by Mimimay » Wed May 05, 2010 7:57 pm

Claire wrote:To be honest Miriam I think there is a big overlap between the life of Copts and Muslims
I think there is Claire and I think one of the main ones is that the Copts (I know of) don't eat pork. Is this so of all Copts in Egypt Claire?
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Post by SoCalledEgyptologist » Thu May 06, 2010 6:58 am

All the copts I know eat pork :? When its available anyway.

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Post by Mimimay » Thu May 06, 2010 1:35 pm

Now that's interesting SCE because I assumed they didn't eat it.
A friend of ours (Copt) is horrified at the thought of eating pork even though he has now lived in the UK around seven years.
Perhaps it just depends on the family :?
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Eating pork

Post by Claire » Thu May 06, 2010 2:17 pm

There's no religious reason why Copts would not eat pork. Loads that I know here in the UK do. But in Egypt it is hard to get especially since they killed all the pigs and some Copts I know in Egypt don't like the idea of eating pork.
So many of the cultural behavioural norms run across both of the religious groups.

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Post by LovelyLadyLux » Thu May 06, 2010 2:32 pm

For names - male names: Sfian and the affectionate form of this is Sufu. Umran, Taher

Female - Sayda, Amal, Nessrine

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Re: Eating pork

Post by Mimimay » Thu May 06, 2010 10:02 pm

Claire wrote:There's no religious reason why Copts would not eat pork. Loads that I know here in the UK do. But in Egypt it is hard to get especially since they killed all the pigs and some Copts I know in Egypt don't like the idea of eating pork.
So many of the cultural behavioural norms run across both of the religious groups.
No I know there are no religious reasons for them to not eat it. I thought that it must be that they have grown up not seeing it being eaten or seeing pigs. Just was interested as to how many copts did actually eat it in Egypt. I must say I do miss a bacon sandwich :oops: :oops: Not had one for so long though I think I've forgotten how it tastes :lol:
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Pork!

Post by Claire » Fri May 07, 2010 10:33 am

Some Eastern Orthodox Christians who belong to the same group as the Copts, those from Eritrea and Ethiopia don't eat pork. They are always very surprised when they come to our Church in the UK to see us tucking into our ham sandwiches!
I think the limited availability is the main issue in Egypt although some of our relatives have told me they would not try it as they do see pigs as dirty.

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Post by Mimimay » Fri May 07, 2010 1:09 pm

Yes I think it's the perception of pigs they have is'nt it :)
I remember once seeing some bacon and other pork products on sale at a farmers market when we were with these (Coptic) friends of ours and he was more repulsed by it than my husband who is Muslim :lol:
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Post by Madame yehia » Fri May 07, 2010 1:25 pm

Muslim boys name - yehia, safwan, morad, mohammed, atef, ahmad

Muslim girls name - asmaa, noha, khadija

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Post by Kunis » Fri May 07, 2010 9:55 pm

Male names not yet mentioned:-

Radi, Hamouda, Haggag, Barakat


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Post by Christine » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:49 am

Yes it is a good thread, Mirry did you start the reasearch on Copts yet, or involve them in the novel :?: ;)
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Post by Who2 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:09 pm

George has to be top of that Coptic list of course, and Hamza on the Muslim list..........personally speaking........8)

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