There are so many unusual, beautiful, intriguing saints’ names that it’s hard to know where to start when considering them as a source for baby names. The collection that follows are the names of saints with winter feast days, which might be a source of inspiration for choosing the name of your own baby. There are lots more wonderful choices (and saints) where these came from, but among the most intriguing winter saints’ names are:
AMBROSE – Patron saint of candle makers.
ADELARD — A cousin of Charlemagne who became a monk, a devoted gardener, and eventually a powerful abbot.
ANSKAR – Missionary to Scandinavia in the 9th century who tried to ease the harsh conditions of the Viking slave trade.
APOLLONIA – She had all her teeth knocked out for refusing to renounce her faith, and is now the patron saint of dentists.
BASILISSA – Also known as Basilla, this Roman noblewoman was beheaded for her belief in Christianity. She is the patron saint of breast-feeding.
BAVO – Nobleman who gave away all his money and became a hermit. He is the patron saint of the Netherlands.
CAIAN – A Welsh saint who was said to be the son or grandson of a king.
CYBI – Welsh abbot who is also called Cuby and Kabius.
DAMASUS – Patron saint of archaeologists.
EUSEBIA – Nun from a family of saints who was head of a convent at age 12.
FELICULA – Roman virgin martyr.
FURSEY – Evangelical Irish monk given to visions of the afterlife.
GENEVIEVE – Consecrated as a virgin when she was still a child, Saint Genevieve gained renown by exhorting the inhabitants of Paris to fast and pray in order to ward off the invasion of Attila, who indeed changed his course and did not attack the city. Her symbol is a loaf of bread. (That’s her, pictured.)
GLASTIAN – Bishop who mediated between the Scots and the Picts.
LUDMILA – Slavic princess who married a Bohemian duke, with whom she build a church near Prague.
MAXIMUS – Patron saint of babies.
ORMOND — Evangelical French abbot.
PELAGIA – A wealthy and beautiful actress of Antioch who, after her conversion, became a hermit who lived in a cave as a man known as “the beardless monk.”
PETROC – Reputed son of a Welsh king who traveled widely before settling in Cornwall, of which he is a patron saint. A hermit, he performed several miracles.
TALIDA — She led a convent in Egypt.
ZITA – Devout housekeeper who helped the sick and poor and is the patron saint of domestic workers.