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Re: Orthodox names
User logged in as Johan
It might have something to do with the fact that the name Marie Louise like Marie Anne or Anne Marie is almost considered as one name. As the grandmother she was named after was also known as Marie Louise in Bulgaria the name had been familiar to them.
I'm somewhat puzzled by Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria. My understanding is that in the Eastern Orthodox Christian churches, a person gets only one name at baptism. It doesn't matter whether he is a royal or a commoner: the said person does not get christened with multiple names, like Catholic and Protestant royals. Going through the annals of European history, one oftentimes sees names such as "Viktoria Adelheid Sophia Augusta Charlotte Wilhelmine."
But in Russia, the only middle name is your patronymic name. As such, a Romanov would get baptized as (say) Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich.
I don't know if patronymic names are used elsewhere in Eastern Europe; but to the best of my knowledge, all the Orthodox churches have the one-name policy. In Greece, too, I believe the royals were baptized under single names.
Why, then, did Marie Louise get baptized under two names, in light of the fact that her parents (King Simeon and Queen Ioanna) committed a breach in allowing her to be raised in the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith, not Roman Catholic (like her aunts)?