Religious name meanings vary according to the religion. According to many ancient religions, the aborigines and other ancient tribes like the Dogons, your first name is the name you impressed upon your parents to give to you. Since this is the name the soul wanted, it is also the name that carries the most information about the individual. This name shows the personality, both the overt and covert parts, and represents how one presents self to the world.
Each religion has its own name ceremonies and stresses the importance of names in different ways. The same name often changes its spelling or pronunciation, and yet retains its core qualities as it adapts to the structure of the various world religions.