My first name is after Saint Mark the Evangelist, one of the 70 Apostles, the patron saint of Egypt, and the first Pope of the See of the Great City of Alexandria, where my father was born and where he grew up. In Latin, the name Mark means "warrior" or "follower of Mars". In Greek, my middle name means "Gift of God". It is a favorite middle name on my Scandinavian mother's side of the family. My last name is Coptic; it means "The Cross".