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Saints' Names for Girls

Saints' names are still required for a Roman Catholic baptism, but beyond religious strictures, you might be interested in saints as inspirational namesakes or as a source of unusual ancient names. This list includes a range of saints' names for girls, from the classic to the cool to the rarely-heard.
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  • Martina

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    Tennis-related name popular throughout Europe that's never caught fire here.  Read More 

  • Matilda

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    The comeback of this sweet vintage name has been prompted by a boomlet of starbaby Matildas, beginning with chef Gordon Ramsey's in 2002 and Moon Unit Zappa's two years later, but the renaissance o... Read More 

  • Maura

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    Somber, almost mournful name that still has a lovely sound.  Read More 

  • Michelina

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  • Natalia

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    More exotic that Natalie, more unusual than Natasha, Natalia has been climbing up the popularity list since 1980; Natalia--also spelled Natalya--is now at Number 120. Heard frequently in Spain, Po... Read More 

  • Olga

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    Olga has lost whatever exotic oomph it once may have had.  Read More 

  • Olive

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    Though greatly overshadowed by the trendy Olivia, Olive has a quiet, subtle appeal of its own -- and is now enjoying a remarkable comeback. It returned to the Top 1000 in 2007, and has jumped quite... Read More 

  • Phoebe

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    A mythological, biblical, Shakepearean, and Salinger name, the warm and captivating Phoebe was given a boost in popularity by one of the Friends. In classical mythology, Phoebe is the by-name of ... Read More 

  • Priscilla

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    Despite her somewhat prissy, puritanical air, Priscilla has managed to stay in the Top 500 for every year since records have been kept--it reached as high as 127 in 1940--appreciated for its delica... Read More 

  • Rita

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    A hot name in the Rita Hayworth 1940s, rarely given to babies today.  Read More 

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