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The selection of Pope Francis I has added a new name to the ist of papal names, which began in the year 32 with St. Peter. Here are some other names of popes that are still usable today--many of them worn by multiple bearers.
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  • Martin

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    Martin is one of those names like Arthur and Vincent and George that is in the process of throwing off its balding middle-aged image to start sounding possible again, used in full without the dated... Read More 

  • Nicholas

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    Nicholas, though it has lost some ground (it was in the Top 10 from 1993 to 2002), is still a popular classic that would make an attractive, solid choice. A Greek name stemming from Nike, the godde... Read More 

  • Paul

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    To the thousands of girls who screamed the name of their favorite Beatle in the 1960s, Paul had a thrillingly unique image, but to the rest of the world, then and now, it's a name that's so simple ... Read More 

  • Peter

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    For generations, there have been pleasant childhood associations with this classic New Testament name, what with Peter Rabbit, Peter Pan, et al. But as user-friendly as this makes the name, it has... Read More 

  • Sergius

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  • Stephen

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    Stephen, also spelled Steven, is a strong and likable classic, with the he's-a-great-guy short form Steve. Though not as well used or fashionable as it was in its heyday--it was a Top 25 name fro... Read More 

  • Sylvester

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    This name of three early popes has been associated in recent years with a cocky cartoon cat ("Thufferin' thuccatash!") and the Italian Stallion hero of the Rocky and Rambo movies (who was born Mich... Read More 

  • Theodore

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    When Theodore Roosevelt took office in 1901, the name Theodore was in the Top 40, with Teds and Teddys everywhere. After some damaging stereotypes -- the chubby Chipmunk Theodore and Beaver Cleaver... Read More 

  • Urban

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    Urban was not an uncommon name through the 1930s (rising as high as Number 435), having been attached to several saints and early popes, but it has completely disappeared from the landscape--both u... Read More 

  • Valentine

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    Valentine is an attractive Shakespearean name with romantic associations, but those very ties to the saint and the sentimental holiday have sent it into a decline, one which we think may be about t... Read More 

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