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WITNESS PIN PERSONALIZATION


(1) How to Layout the Copy on the Pin

(2) How to Write the Baptized Child’s Name



How to Layout your pin personalization

Some examples of various personalization are below. Feel free to design your layout however you feel best suits the personality of the main participants in the baptism. Pleaste note: we center all text vertically and horizontally so a layout with 3 lines on one side and 2 lines on the other – will still be centered vertically on the ribbon.


**LEFT SIDE**

**RIGHT SIDE**

Melina Marianthi McAllister

Godparents

Born: December 28, 2010

Virginia Wells

Baptized: July 23, 2011

Alexander Parlamis

Note: Most popular layout. Includes birth and baptized date.


**LEFT SIDE**

**RIGHT SIDE**

Melina Marianthi McAllister

Sponsors

Baptized: July 23, 2011

Virginia Wells

Alexander Parlamis

Note: Two Godparents listed, not married.
Note: Can list names on same line with "and" between them.
Note: "Sponsors" used instead of "Godparents"


**LEFT SIDE**

**RIGHT SIDE**

Melina Marianthi

Godfather

Baptized: July 23, 2011

Alexander Parlamis

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Note: Inclusion of Church name. Sometimes city, state is listed (i.e., Rhodes, Greece)


**LEFT SIDE**

**RIGHT SIDE**

God Bless

Godmother

Melina Marianthi

Virginia Wells

Baptized: July 23, 2011

Note: One godparent listed as “Godmother” (vs Godparent).

Note: Saying of “God Bless” included


**LEFT SIDE**

**RIGHT SIDE**

Melina Marianthi

Godparents

Baptized: July 23, 2011

Joanne & Ted Francis

Note: Godparents are married


**LEFT SIDE**

**RIGHT SIDE**

Child of God

Godparents

Melina Marianthi

Joanne & Ted Francis

Christened: July 23, 2011

Note: Personalized phrase above child’s name.

Note: Use of word Christened vs Baptized.



** How to List the Baptized child’s name**


The baptized person’s name can be listed in a variety of ways. There is no right or wrong way – it is whatever feels most comfortable to you on how you wish to “present” the child’s name and officially introduce them to the Orthodox faith. For ribbon printing purposes, sometimes length is an issue and one of the names (middle or last for example) is not listed .


For a child being baptized with their first or middle name.

Note: Option 1 is the most popular way to denote the child’s name on a witness pin:

· Option 1: First, Middle & Last Name Example: “Sophia Eleni McAllister”

· Option 2: First & Middle Example: “ Sophia Eleni”

· Option 3 (first name must be baptismal name): First & Last Example: “Sophia McAllister”


For a child being baptized with a baptismal name not part of their legal name:

Note: Option 1 is the most popular way to denote the child’s name on a witness pin:

Example: Child’s legal name: Nikos Apostolos McAllister

Child’s baptized name: Nikodimos

· Option 1: First, Middle, Baptized & Last Name Example: Nikos Apostolos “Nikodimos” McAllister

· Option 2: First, Baptized & Last Name Example: Nikos (Nikodimos) McAllister or Nikos “Nikodimos” McAllister

· Option 3: First, Middle & Baptized. Example: Nikos Apostolos (Nikodimos)

· Option 4: Two lines . Line 1: Full name, Line 2: Baptized Name. Example:

o Line 1: Nikos Apostolos McAllister

o Line 2: Baptized Nikodimos