How should one view the names Christian and Christiana, the two central characters of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress: as allegorical (i.e. "followers of Christianity", Christiana being a feminine version of Christian), or as proper names (like John, or Robert, etc.)?
Older translations of The Pilgrim's Progress into other languages tend to favor the first, while newer ones, the latter.
I am asking the question because I need to translate those names, and in my native language they are different.
As a side note, not all characters in the novel are named allegorically. For instance, Christian's boys are named Matthew, Joseph, Samuel, and James. Also, their hosts in the second part are named Gaius and Mnason.