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Talk:Alexei II (Ridiger) of Moscow

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:::: A careful perusal of the [[OW:SM|Style Manual]] can answer these sorts of questions pretty easily. &mdash;[[User:ASDamick|<font size="3.5" color="green" face="Adobe Garamond Pro, Garamond, Georgia, Times New Roman">Fr. Andrew</font>]] <sup>[[User_talk:ASDamick|<font color="red">talk</font>]]</sup> <small>[[Special:Contributions/ASDamick|<font color="black">contribs</font>]]</small> 17:10, February 18, 2007 (PST)
If I may respectfully disagree with using Google as a means to determine the correct spelling of the name, I'd like to give an alternate rationale. There are, unfortunately, some words or names that are commonly mispelled to the point of having a greater number of Google hits. I saw an example of this not long ago, although the case escapes me at the the moment. While it's true that Google often can provide good insight, I disagree with it being *the* standard for making this determination.
In Russian, the case is very clear. Alexey is a colloquial name that has developed over time, but is '''never''' used in the context of the Church. A similar example would be Ivan vs. Ioann. While it's very common to meet someone named Ivan, in Church, the person would always receive communion as Ioann and if they were ordained, they would be called Father (or Bishop) Ioann. Likewise, Oksana is a colloquial version of Ksenia, etc.
An English analogy might be with something like Tom or Katie. Sometimes, a person's birth certificate might even say Tom or Katie, but their Christian name would be Thomas or Katherine.
This may not seem like a big deal to us, as English speakers, but in Russia, this is very strictly followed. Alexy and Alexei are different names and all official Church sources would refer to him as Alexy. In deference to Russian sensabilities, I propose changing the article name to Alexy II, with a redirect to it from Alexei II, to deal with the common English misspelling.

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