I am drawing a blank trying to think of the phrase or verb you use when you name someone or something. Like when you name a child or you name a ship.
I gave him the name "John"
But with a verb or phrase, like:
I ______ed him "John"
I am looking for a verb like "named" or "called", but with a more archaic feel, like "bequeath" or "bestow", but those didn't sound right to me.