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In the adopted Convention "On the Rights of the Child", the right of a newborn to its own name is written in black and white, which must be determined by the parents from the moment of his birth.
The choice of a name rests with the parents and is regarded as their own business. The authorized bodies for recording and maintaining acts of civil status of each person are not entitled to refuse to record any given name to the child by the parents.
But in the event of rather curious situations, when a name is given meaninglessly and completely pretentious, representatives of the recording authorities have the right to conduct an explanatory conversation on the topic of choosing a more sonorous and meaningful name. This is usually how it ends.
But there are often persistent parents who want to use fairly rare names. And registration of an unusual or rare name has to be done. There are several main variants of the appearance of rare names.
Each era is characterized by a certain set of proper names, which in another century simply do not sound due to their obsolescence, and after 1-2 centuries they become rare names. A striking example of this tendency is Soviet Russia in the post-revolutionary period. Before the revolution, children were called strictly according to the church calendar Christmastide, and the events of 1917 in one fell swoop separated the church from society, and the choice of a name became a matter for the parents. Therefore, in this era (20-30 years of the XX century), many new and recognized rare names appeared, such as Oktyabrina, Vladlen, Vilen, Kim, Lunachara, Blankina, Akadema and so on. Many of them did not stand the test of time and simply outlived themselves along with the era of change, and their owners changed their rare names to more familiar ones.
At present, it is becoming simply fashionable to call children old Russian, long forgotten, rather rare names: Martha, Evdokim, Nikita, Evdokia, Daniel.
An example of this is such rare names created in post-revolutionary Russia as: Vladlen from Vladimir Lenin, Kim or the Communist International of Youth, Lagshmivar from the Schmidt Camp in the Arctic, Five from five years at four years, CAC from the Central Pharmacy Warehouse, Vilen from Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Traktorina, Persostratus from the First Soviet stratospheric balloon, Zheldor from the railway, Maoxlen from Marx and Lenin, Dazdraperma from Long live May 1st and so on.
Ivan is a Russian name known since ancient times. In pre-revolutionary Russia, it was encountered quite often. The peak of fashion for the name was noted in the 40s (90 Ivanov for every 1000 newborns), after 15 years the decline was more than 5 times, and by the 70s of the last century Ivan became a rather rare name. And this trend can be carried out with the names Natalia, Oksana, Tatiana and others.
Many of the above names were very common at first, but over time the meaning of their occurrence began to be lost and they turned into rather rare names. Try to explain to a 7-10-year-old child named Zheldora what romantic influences from parents prompted to name their beloved child by a name that does not just cut the ear, but that has such a terrible meaning. So the common ones turned into rare names.
In modern philology there is a section "Anthroponymics" or a section on the name, which designates a person as a person, thus distinguishing him from the general society. The name is given to confirm the individuality of the person who was born. This word makes it possible to address only one specific person.
Experts in this field argue that it is rare names that make it possible not only to emphasize the individuality of a person, but also thereby to impose certain moral burdens on him. From childhood, a person should be sure of the uniqueness not only of his name, but also of himself, and therefore of his special place in this life.
Today, almost all church names have become rare names. In the Christian world, since 988, the rule was introduced to name a child according to the coincidence of the date of birth with the day of the saints, the revolution abolished this right, not giving in return any replacement for the old, but recognized everywhere and by all order.
Currently, the trend towards the revival of church names is going slowly and only under the influence of the fashion for the baptism of a child. At baptism, the church assigns only church names that are supported by guardian angels. Therefore, every person baptized in a post-revolutionary Russian society has two names.
No matter how many times the fashion changes, parents should think about the future of their child and the first concern should be the correct choice of a worthy, euphonious and favorable name for the baby himself in the present and a worthy person of modern society in the future.